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Object: De Eklips der Zuider Zon doet veele in 't duister zitten Veroorzaakt door de onpolitike Maan der Brn. ...
Object: De Rottege Blaas-balg...
Object: L'Actieux Souflet...
Series: Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid
Satire on the financial crisis of 1720. On the right,a woman with a mouse-trap on her head (1) representing Fraud blows with bellows into the head of a seated financier (2; presumably John Law) who tramples on the scales of justice; in his left hand he holds a rope, and with his right throws out worthless papers relating to the "Wind trade"; behind him is a fishing net and two rods. In the centre stands Erasmus (3), dressed as a pilgrim, looking in horror at Law and holding the hand of Mercury (4) who points to the coats of coats-of-arms of Amsterdam, Haarlem and Leiden suspended on an obelisk crowned with a laurel wreath by child representing fame, and assures him that in those towns the government keeps control of investment. On the left, a man (5) holds up a set of keys to a treasure chest and points out its contents to another man (6) who is horrified to find that its contents are only cabbaages and a pair of bellows; a spade lying against the chest beside four empty money-bags. Behind them two ment (7) fling themselves from a high rock into the sea. A winged ship (8) flies over the sea where a man (9) struggles in the waves; above the sun (10) is eclipsed. In the sky to the right of the obelisk, are a larger flying ship (11), a bat (12) and a stork (13); a windmill appears on the horizon. In the foreground a monkey is burning papers referring to investments. With engraved Dutch and French titles, Dutch inscriptions and numbering 1-13 corresponding with the figures in the verse below; Dutch verse in four columns and French verse in three columns. 1720
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Height: 337 millimetres
Width: 256 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Erasmus refers to his place of birth, Rotterdam, and asks what has become of his city. In Rotterdam the government favoured the 'Wind trade', as opposed to Amsterdam, Haarlem and Leiden where the government tried to control the trade in shares.
For another impression see 1868,0808.9630.
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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