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Object: Bombario, o dood! Gij waart geen vrind van Law toen gij Paus Clemens schoot
Series: Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid
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 in the distance is now 'Vryplaats'. The two vignettes at the bottom of the sheet have been changed, that on the left, which still has the same design is now identified as the son of the Pretender (born in 1720); that on the right, now showing a wheel of fortune with Pope Innocent at the top holding a scourge which he directs towards Law who falls down at the left, and destroying with a lightning bolt a paper representing the constitution as the Pretender ascends on the right; Cardinal Alberoni is at the bottom of the wheel. Engraved Dutch title, inscriptions, and verse in three columns which differs from those in the original state. 1721
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Height: 266 millimetres
Width: 276 millimetres
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On 4 January 1721 the House of Commons resolved that the officers of the South Sea Company should not leave England. On 12 January, Robert Knight, Cashier of the South sea Company, was examined before the House of Lords. On the 22nd Robert Knight fled and a reward of £2,000 was offered for his arrest, he was stopped at Tirlemont and sent prisoner to the Castle of Antwerp. On 18th October Knight escaped by having bribed his keeper.
For the first state of this plate, see BM Satires 1658.
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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