Portrait of Anglo-Jewry 1656-1836

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THE ANGLO-JEWISH COMMUNITY

Source Material

It is not unusual for a presidential address to be devoted to the president’s pet subject and this one is no exception. Its source material is the political and social caricatures, book illustrations, portraits, topographical prints, trade cards and ephemera of a similar nature which this country has produced in such abundance and which have been my special interest for a number of years.2

The picture which emerges is one of Anglo-Jewry seen through Christian eyes with the emphasis on social conditions and with some bearing on a subject which has not hitherto been explored : the development of Jewish political thought in this country. In this connection, the political caricature, which is said to mirror public opinion, is of special value.

People began to appreciate the importance of pictorial matter of this kind about a century ago. The first recorded collection, made by

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