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Object: Actieuse papiere Atlas naar de Mode...
Object: L'Atlas Actieux de Papier...
Series: Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid
A Dutch satire on the financial crisis in Paris in 1720, showing nine people holding spheres in the clouds above their heads; a starry sky and a waning moon behind. From left to right: a Dutch farmer a spade and a mole by his side; a servant in livery who claims that he will ride in a carriage while his master walks; Hercules in a lion's skin, his club at his feet with a cross-staff resting on it; a small boy; John Law, wearing rich clothing; a serving-maid; a Jewish dealer in old clothes; Bombario in harlequin dress carrying a slap-stick and a tray suspended from his neck; a well-dressed lady with broken swords and lances at her feet. In the top right corner is a hanging with an illustration of Hercules about to slay the hydra, set in a formal garden; at the top of the print an explanation of this scene draws a parallel between the many-headed hydra and the selfishness of many people. In front of the group, to left, a greyhound ignores a hare and runs off with a share certificate in its mouth. In the foreground is a wall, lettered with verses in Dutch and French, in the centre of which is an opening through which walks a winged infant with Time's hour-glass on his head and holding a bladder of wind. Engraved title at the top and Dutch inscriptions. 1720
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Height: 284 millimetres
Width: 353 millimetres
- Curator's comments
For another impression of the same broadside, see "Het Groote Tafereel Der Dwaasheid" , location 298.c.4 (Vol I; BM 1868-8-8-8620).
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.
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- Associated Event: Financial Bubble 1720
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