London: 1856. Wood engraving on wove paper
image: 15 3/4 x 12 in. (40 x 30.5 cm) sheet: 21 11/16 x 15 1/4 in. (55.1 x 38.8 cm).
Repaired loss in lower left margin.
In 1856 he produced 12 folio-size illustrations of The Legend of The Wandering Jew, which propagated longstanding antisemitic views of the time
The Wandering Jew is a mythical figure whose legend began to spread in Europe in the 13th century.
The original legend concerns a Jew who taunted Jesus on the way to the Crucifixion and was then
cursed to walk the earth until the Second Coming. The exact nature of the wanderer's indiscretion varies in different versions of the tale, as do aspects of his character; sometimes he is said to be a
shoemaker or other tradesman, while sometimes he is the doorman at Pontius Pilate's estate. Item #51-3377