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- Series: Le socialisme - nouvelle danse des morts
Plate 1: Death is given arms by Slyness and Lies, who have stolen them from Justice, who is seen sitting in the background at right; Vanity hands Death a plumed hat to hide its monstruous head, Madness brings it a horse, and Cruelty, a scythe. 1850
Pen lithograph, on chine collé
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Height: 233 millimetres (image size)
Width: 329 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- From a portfolio of six lithographs executed by Collette after Alfred Rethel and depicting a Dance of Death. The series, as explained by the explanatory text printed under each image, sees Death introducing itself as the People's Friend, and leading a mob to their ultimate execution by exciting their republican feelings.
The prints are kept in a blue portfolio bearing the series title, six lines of French inscription ('Toi, bourgeois, et toi, Paysan...') and production & publication details: 'Composée et Dessinée par Alfred Rethel / Lithographiée par A. Collette', 'New York, Goupil & Vibert & Co / 289, Broadway', 'Paris, Goupil, Vibert et Cie Editeurs / 19, Boulevt. Montmartre et 12, rue d'Enghien', 'London, E. Gambart & Co / 25, Berners St Oxford St' and 'Imp. par Lemercier, rue de Seine, 57 à Paris'.
For more information (including a detailed bibliography), see: Peter Parey: 'The German Revolution of 1848 and Rethel's 'Dance of Death' in: Journal of Interdisciplinary History, XVII:I (Summer 1986), 233-255. For Rethel's series of wood-engravings see 1862,1108106-111.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Revolutions of 1848 1848
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