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Object: Law, als een tweede Don Quichot, op Sanches Graauwtje zit ten spot
Series: Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid
Satire on the financial crisis in 1720. Law is mounted on a braying ass hung about with bags of money and a chest labelled "Bombarioos Geld Kist 1720"; he holds a flag labelled, "Ik koom ik koom Dulcinia" in reference to the lady in Don Quixote. A devil squirts a clyster-pipe into the mouth of the donkey which is dragged by chains from a metal collar, towards the Quinquenpoix coffee-house whose keeper is Dulcinea; the crowd includes a Jew, a sailor and working men as well as merchants. Behind Law sits a devil who holds up the ass's tail while it voids shares and paper money which a mixed crowd runs forward to grab; another devil wearing a fool's cap and carrying a scouge hovers above. Beside the ass, Bombario as Sancho Panza, wearing a robe decorated with fish-hooks and with a quill behind his ear, is perched on a large toad or frog; he hands a bag of money to Law. In the foreground, to left, a group of objects connected with worthwhile trade have been kicked aside: the caduceus of Mercury, ledgers, a portable desk, coins, papers, a bale, barrel and roll of tobacco. In the background, ships sail on the South Sea. Engraved Dutch title, inscriptions, and verses in three columns. 1720
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Height: 215 millimetres
Width: 285 millimetres
- Curator's comments
The central image of Law on the donkey seems to derive from BM Satire 1205 with Louis XIV and James II mounted on a braying ass and the Grand Dauphin on a frog.
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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