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- Object: A Jew Rabbi
half-length, directed slightly to the right, facing and looking towards the front, wearing a turban and thick cloak fastened with a large clasp with a miniature and two pearl-drops, hands brought together on front of him; in the background, a chair and table with a book and religious emblems; lettered state. 1778
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Height: 510 millimetres (plate)
Height: 453 millimetres (subject)
Width: 354 millimetres
Width: 355 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Annotations in the departmental copy of Chaloner Smith describe two plates of the same subject: a plate dated 1764, for which they record two further states besides the proof before letters and the fully lettered state given by Chaloner Smith (which become states I and III), being II. with dotted artists' names and date, and IV. late, reworked state with inscriptions erased; a second plate, for which they record two states, I. scratched-letter proof before publication line dated 1777 (Charrington collection), and II. a scratched-letter proof dated 2 February1778 published by John Boydell.
Pether's print gained international recognition for English engraving. The Critical Review's favourable account had been translated for the Bibliothek der schonen Wissenschaften before Gilpin selected the Jew Rabbi for particular praise in An Essay on Prints (1768). See T.Clayton, 'The English Print 1688-1802', New Haven and London, 1997, pp. 173.
- Not on display
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