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Object: Opkomts, midden, en geen eynde van den doortrapte Jan Lauw.
Series: Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid
Satire on the financial crisis in 1720 showing in the centre John Law taking his leave of the Dukes of Orleans and Bourbon (copied in reverse from BM Satires 1179 showing Louis XIV greeting James II on his arrival in Paris) with obsequious courtiers and guards, and an open square beyond on the far side of which stands the old Louvre and other buildings. In the centre at the top, is a medallion bust portrait of Law holding a passport; snakes and thorns frame the portrait and hooked fishing rods extend on either side in front of spiders' webs. Sixteen small designs telling a version of Law's career surround the central scene: he feeds a horse in a stable; he runs to join a mounted troop of soldiers; he pours wine for a lady and gentleman; he kills Beau Wilson in a duel (this event actually took place in Bloomsbury Square but is portrayed as if in an Italian city); he takes flight by sea; trunks are brought out to him as his horse is prepared for a journey to Venice; he sits gambling at backgammon with another man in a chamber in Venice; he presents his financial scheme to Louis XIV and his council; as Controller General of the Finances of France he sits in a council chamber addressed by obsequious attendants; he sits at a carpet-covered table while three well-dressed men seek to invest their money with him; a crowd assembles by a harbour where broadsides advertise shares for sale; a crowd of men holding share certificates on which masks are printed gather outside a fortified building (?the Louvre); a mob, including fishwives, throw stones at Law's carriage; the carriage is attacked outside the Palais Royal (the image based on BM Satires 1647); Law sits at a table approached by a disappointed investor; he watches while two men pour coins into a basin and a third stirs them.Two lines of verse accompany each small scene and verses in four columns beneath that in the centre; Dutch engraved title. 1720
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Height: 288 millimetres (etching)
Width: 378 millimetres (etching)
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The first word should read 'Opkomst'
Muller states that this is "a much altered copy of Muller 2751 showing James II being received by Louis XIV at St Germain".
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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