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Object: Waare afbeelding van den vermaarden Heer Quinquenpoix.
Object: Of Stront Of Koning
Series: Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid
Satire on the financial crisis in Paris in 1720. At the top, a banderole held by a raven and an owl reads, "Of Stront of Koning" above a scene in a kitchen. In the centre, a portrait on an oval canvas of 'Heer Quinquenpoix' (John Law), facing to the right and holding a money bag, rests in a cauldron into which a young man throws coins; beneath, a fire is fed by two satyrs with shares, certificates, etc. On the left, stands Vanity displaying a picture of the fall of Icarus; behind her is Diogenes with a lantern seeking in vain for an honest man and a naked female figure of Rage or Envy; a braying donkey appears above. Folly crowns Law with a coronet of peacock feathers and thistle leaves, lettered "MDCCXXI"; a banderole hanging from Folly's right arm reads 'Voor wys en zot, Voor elk ten spot' (Wise and fool, each to scorn). On the right, a female figure holds a flaming torch of straw signifying short-lived success; in front of her stands Despair holding a dagger and a flaming torch. At lower right, a naked glutton rides a sow. Engraved Dutch title and inscriptions, and on a separate plate engraved Dutch title and verses in two columns.1721
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Height: 155 millimetres (image)
Height: 190 millimetres (printed area)
Width: 104 millimetres
Width: 304 millimetres
- Curator's comments
John Law is here referred to as 'M. Quinquenpoix', alluding to the location of the headquarters of the 'Compagnie des Indes' in rue Quinquempoix, Paris. The peacocks feathers refer to vanity.
For another version with a later state of the same plate, and with French verses, see same volume, BM 1868-8-8-9665, and BM 1868-8-8-3487.
Stephens reads the date on the crown as 1721, but Muller as 1720.
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: Mississippi Scheme 1720
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