is the first illustrated haggadah to arrange pictures of the four
children in one series. The artist is a convert from Christianity named
Abraham ben Jacob. These copper-plate engravings are copied from various
paintings of the Swiss Christian artist Matthaeus Merian. The wise child
is a copy of Hannibal the general of Carthage as he swears to conquer
Rome. The wicked child is simply a Roman soldier. The simple child is
Merian's King Saul as a bashful young man about to be anointed by the
prophet Samuel. The youngest child is another version of Hannibal.