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Object: De schynschoone Actie-Sphinx springt hier zig zelven dood, Zo dra als Edipus het vals geheim ontbloot.
Series: Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid
Satire on the financial crisis in 1720. A. landscape, in the right foregound a man is held by two others across a barrel so that he vomits papers related to share schemes; a cock, referring to France, stands within the barrel. Behind this group stands a group of men, one of whom offers an investment to a country man who refuses it; two others gaze up at a "share cat" sitting on the dead branch of a tree; they ignore their fellow drowning in a river. In the centre, two men and a boy pick up the vomited papers and pass them to a well-dressed man standing with another group on the left. He is approached by an elderly bearded Jew; another man in a dressing-gown and indoor cap holds a paper indicating that he wishes to be rid of his shares and beside him a woman tears papers and throws them into a fire, while in front another man uses further papers to wipe his backside, having pulled up the skirt of his coat. Above this group a man, propelled by a wind, flies through the air supported by inflated bladders. Beyond, a sphinx throws herself from the top of a rock, at the foot of which stands Oedipus, and another man guarding the entrance to a caave. In the distance, a man rides a goat along the road to Viaanen, together with a man and his family; their way is blocked by a barrier guarded by soldiers. Engraved Dutch title, inscriptions, and verses in four columns. 1720
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Height: 258 millimetres (etching)
Width: 334 millimetres (etching)
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Vianen refers to the saying 'de verliezers worden gezonden naar Vianen en Kuilenburg' or 'naar Vianen en Kuilenburg reizen'; (see comment BM 1868,0808.9608).
The title and the verse makes a relation between Oedipus and the 'Wind Trade':
'Als Edipus 't geheim ontdekt, van zijn verborge raadzel vragen. 't Geen tot een zinnebeeld versterkt, Van de opgeworpen Bubbel-vlagen. Die kan men hun geheim verstaan, Wel mee haast uit zig zelf vergaan' (If Oedipus discovers the secret to his veiled questions. Which transformed to a Symbol of the Bubble blasts enembles to understand there secret and rotten by oneself)
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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