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Object: De Begeerlykheyt Zoekt De Fortuin T'Achterhalen Of Voor By Te Loopen
Series: Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid
Satire on the financial crisis in1720 showing the effects of covetousness at different stages of life. To left of centre, an infant (A) is spoon-fed by his mother attended by an old nurse; in the centre, a young child (B) grabs at fruit carried in a basket by another; behind that group, a young man (C) removes money-bags from a chest; beside him, a successful young man (D) stands proudly holding a feathered hat not noticing the approach of a snake-haired Fury behind him; to her left, a man on a prancing horse (E) nods condescendingly to another on the ground who has removed his hat and bows; at the top, in the centre, a medallion portrait of John Law (F), with snakes on either side and verses beneath blaming him for the situation; in the background, a crowd (G), some on horseback and carriages, others on foot, some fighting, one foresaking a distraught woman, rush up a hill after blind Fortune balanced on her globe, towards a precipice over which a carriage (H) plunges into the sea. At lower right, a disappointed middle-aged man wearing large spectacles (I) holds two worthless papers; towards the left, another man (K) raises a beehive seeking honey, but allowing the bees to escape and to swarm in a tree above; in the foreground, a man fishes (L) with a rod, ignoring a woman holding a mirror and a snake who urges him to grow wiser and an old man who points upstream to where other men have already caught all the fish in the river and are removing them from a net to place in a barrel. At lower left, a man (M), whose empty chest lies upturned on the ground, scratches distractedly in the ground searching for his lost money while his wifem her dress falling from her bosom, tears her hair blames him for not ceasing his speculations earlier; to the right, an old man walks on crutches carrying on his back the blindfold figure of Covetousness, a hawk devouring a dove on her head, and carrying a money-bag and a trident; he is followed by two old women, one walking with the aid of sticks. Engraved Dutch title, inscriptions, letters A-M, and verses in six columns.1720
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Height: 337 millimetres
Width: 411 millimetres
- Curator's comments
The fishers in the front refer to the Dutch saying 'achter het net vissen' meaning that he missed his chance.
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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