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Object: Gedenk-boog, ter begraaf-plaats der uitgeteerde Actionisten.
Object: Arc memorial dressé au lieu de enterrement des Actionistes consumés
Series: Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid
Satire on the financial crisis in 1720. A triumphal arch below which shares are being buried in a mass grave, they are printed with images such as a mouse-trap, carrots, and a calf's head representing failed schemes; a group of dignitaries stand behind and an empty bier in front. Above the central arch is an oval portrait of John Law holding a fishing rod with a small fish, a shield with a prancing horse hanging below. Above the portrait is a scene in which Mercury is crowned with a fool's cap by Minerva; two investors approach him, one on bended knee. On either side of this scene is an inverted cornucopia supported by a winged boy, that on the left holding a bird cage and his cornucopia discharging papers suggesting valid trade, that on the right holding a bladder from which air, or wind, escapes and allowing a flock of birds to take flight; as well as papers his cornucopia discharges a crown, a broken sceptre and a house; on the left is a bowl of fish, on the right, a burning brazier with another punctured bladder and a pair of bellows. On the left, is a street scene where ass's milk is being sold; on the right, ships sail along the new canal between Utrecht and the Zuiderzee. At either end of the entablature sit naked boys, that on the left blowing a fire with bellows, that on the right blowing bubbles. A looking-glass forms the finial at the top of the arch and at the level below are two vases of tulips, an orb of sovereignty and a cabbage. On either side of the central arch are scenes showing the consequences of reckless investment: on the left, horses and carriages are sold cheaply, and on the right, a sick shareholder is bled by a surgeon assisted by a dog on his hind legs; the weeping wife is surrounded by small children and creditors call at the door. In front of the arch, to left, a woman holds the pall which had covered the shares on their way to the grave; further to the left, a man recoils from two beggars, an old man leans on a walking stick, children queue up to look into a peep-show with views of the Mississippi, and unsuccessful investors bemoan their loss. To the right is the forefront of the funeral procession that winds its way, through a gateway surmounted by windmills, across a large city square behind the arch: mourners include a man with a wooden leg and crutches, men holding hour-glasses, a weeping child, Bombario with bladders slung about him, a bearded Jew with spectacles, a young woman reduced to wearing only her chemise, and two nuns. Beyond, to right, people dance in the square, one has removed his wig and the other most of her clothing; behind them, a mob attacks a coach, a man falls from a second-floor window, an explosion throws two men into the air, and horses run off with two other coaches; riots can be seen continuing in the distance through the central arch. Engraved Dutch and French titles, inscriptions, and verses in eight columns. 1720
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Height: 412 millimetres
Width: 488 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- 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 Bubble 1720
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