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, and only paid damages by his assailant James Ashley after a complicated series of trials. 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 - 1766), 'the English Rembrandt' and a pupil of Alessandro Maria Grimaldi, whose daughter Arabella he married.
State i/ii; D146.
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