AUCTION 75 | Thursday, March 08th, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Auction of Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Antiquities, Ceremonial Objects & Graphic Art

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Lot 31


Three-quarter length portrait engraving, standing with right arm resting on book entitled Beth Shmuel. In his left hand is a document marked Get. Lower register reads, “The Most Learned Aaron Hart Rabby Aged 81. Done from an original painting of B. Dandridge by H. James McArdell.” Margins closely trimmed. 10 x 14 inches (25 x 35.6 cm).

London, 1751:

Est: $2,000 - $3,000
Aaron Hart (1670-1756) was Rabbi of the Great Synagogue of London in 1722 and occupied that position until his death. The Get document noticeable in this portrait was in reference to the part taken by him in a remarkable divorce case in which he was implicated. In his defense he wrote "Urim VeTumim" (1707) the first book printed entirely in Hebrew in London and his only literary work. See EJ Vol. VII col. 1350.