To Abraham Goldsmid Esq.r This Plate of Joseph's Bretheren Presenting his Bloody Coat to Jacob their Father,is by Permission Dedicated by his Oblidg'd Serv.t John Jeffryes.
London Published June 1st 1798 by John Jeffryes Ludgate Hill.
Mezzotint. 445 x 545mm (17½ x 21½"). Very large margins.
Jacob clasping his hands together grief-stricken at the sight of Joseph's striped coat which Joseph's brothers hold up for him as evidence of his death, while Benjamin, a little boy, looks up. Abraham Goldsmid (c. 1756-1810) was a bill-broker in London in partnership with his brother Benjamin, dealing with the government during the Napoleonic wars. In 1810 Abraham was joint contractor with Thomas Baring for a government loan of £14,000,000; , but owing to a depreciation of the scrip he was forced into bankruptcy and committed suicide.
Ex collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd. From the Oettingen-Wallerstein Collection, Sotheby's London Lot 627 13/11/97.
[Ref: 38224] £260.00