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- Object: Quincampoix in Duigen (Quinquempoix Destroyed)
Dutch satire on the financial crisis of 1720 showing an outdoor stage with a set consisting of a coffee house in rue Quinquempoix (similar to that shown in BM Satires 1627 and 1649) which is being attacked by a mob which has broken its many windows with stones and is pulling down the wooden walls with bill-hooks; a woman empties a chamber pot from an upper window; a flag lettered "Het Spul is uyt" (The Play is over) flies from near the roof. In the foreground the mob attacks Philippe, duc d'Orléans, the Regent of France, identifiable by his cloak embroidered with fleur-de-lis, who has apparently been dragged from his coach; as well as sticks make-shift weapons includea clyster-pipe, a gelding-knife, a press, a metal pan, a spit-rack, a fishing net, an auger, a shovel, a broom, a mallet, a small keg, a spinning-wheel, a pair of shears, a large jug, a chair, and a weaving shuttle. The Regent, papers marked "Mississippi" at his feet and holding another stating that he repents of his actions, is being assailed from the left by two fishwives one of whom has laid down her baskets of fish and is attacking him with the yoke from which they were suspended, and from the right by a man who pulls of his cloak, another who is raising a sledge-hammer and another who brandishes a flail. To the right, John Law, who has dropped papers maked "Zuyt" (for the South Sea Company), has already been stripped of his hat, wig, and other clothing, and his breeches are being pulled off while a woman belabours him with a besom; his stocking, embroidered dressing gown and waistcoat are held aloft. At the back of the crowd a model of Mercury waving a flag labelled, "Voor 't gemeen" (For the People) and bearing the arms of Haarlem, Amsterdam and Leiden is held aloft as men wave their hats. Rioters waving papers push and kick Bombario towards the edge of the stage; he clutches a bag of money and high denomination banknotes fall from his tray. At the left of the stage a man rushes forward scattering papers numbered "0"; at the right of the stage a coffee table is kicked over and a kettle, coffee pot, cup, saucers and pipes spill into the crowd below and a woman raises her arms in a vain attempt intervene. To the left of the scene is a row of booths and beyond the towers of Notre Dame and other buildings of Paris are identifiable. In the clouds above are the lion of the Netherlands, a crowned dog and a crowned cock with snakes around their heads; birds fly down towards the earth holding papers numbered "0". Below the print is an engraved verse in Dutch in two columns signed 'Philadelphus'. 1720
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Height: 313 millimetres
Width: 314 millimetres
- Curator's comments
The verses are signed with the pseudonym 'Philadelphus' which was used by Gysbert Tyssens (1693-1732) who also wrote six plays concerning the 'Wind Trade'. See also BM Satires 1650 with verses by "Philadelphus" and an etching that is very similar in style.
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 events
- Associated Event: Financial Bubble 1720
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