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Object: Arlequyn Actionist
Series: Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid
Satire on the financial crisis in Paris in 1720: Harlequin and Scaramouche hold back a curtain on either side to shows a view of the rue Quinquempoix. In the background there are fighting stockholders, some of whom pull stock certificates out of each other's backsides. On one of the papers is written 'Viane' Three men stand on a square pedestal, lettered 'Engelse Narre kappen' (English fools' caps), 'Fransche Narre kappen (French fools' caps) and 'Duitsche Narre kappen' (German fools' caps). In the foreground on the right is Mercury imprisoned in a large birdcage, saying 'Ach! Verlost me' (Oh! Release me). A man is pumping air into the cage with bellows. Another man is kneeling at the side of the cage (John Law?). Before him on the ground are dice, cards and conjuror's cups. An ape sits in the centre of the stage with two bags of coins. He is holding a paper with 'Nul' (Zero) on it. 1720
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Height: 241 millimetres
Width: 191 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Second state of print BM 1868-0808-9625 in the same volume. The festoons in both prints are different, the mice have been replaced by root vegetables. Following the present print is the play of the same name. BM 1868-0808-9626 and 1868-0808-9627 are impressions of the same state of the print, but the latter contains three columns of letterpress below the print.
The inscription Viane refers to the saying 'de verliezers worden gezonden naar Vianen en Kuilenburg' or 'naar Vianen en Kuilenburg reizen' (see Comment to 1868,0808.9608).
One of a collection of prints bound together in two volumes c.1721 known as 'Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid'; for more information, see 1868,0808.9602.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Financial Bubbles 1720
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