Henry Simons the Polish Jew.
Etching, platemark 165 x 110mm (6½ x 4¼"). Good impression; trimmed on platemark; cream laid paper.
Portrait of Henry Simons, an Ashkenazi Jew who was beaten and robbed by James Ashley. He eventually received compensation, but only after being convicted of perjury for his accusations. The pamphlet 'The Case of Henry Simons, a Polish Jew Merchant; and his Appeal to the Public thereon' (1753) brought his case to a wider public. By Thomas Worlidge (1700-66), 'the English Rembrandt' and a pupil of Alessandro Maria Grimaldi, whose daughter Arabella he married.
State i/ii; D146.
[Ref: 33062] £220.00