A Satire on the financial crisis of 1720, a second state of BM Satires 1658 with the certain significant changes. Time draws back the curtain to reveal what appears to be a large painting showing a 'Roomse Schilderij', the deathbed of Pope Clement XI in March 1721. In front of the bed stand John Law and the Old Pretender, who has lost his wig and hat; they hold strings attached to the sails of a windmill on the canopy of the bed, beside which are the French cock, the Imperial eagle and the lion of the Netherlands. A thread encircles the waists of Law, the Pretender and Cardinal Alberoni who stands on the far side of the bed. At the head of the bed stands a group of cardinals holding up the papal tiara as the future Innocent XIII reaches for it; his medallion portrait hangs above, with an angel driving away a devil as the background. The Director being pushed forward by the satyrs is now identified as Robert Knight, cashier of the South Sea Company; coins fall from his pocket. The town … (See Merlin record for full description)
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