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- Object: Anatomie Der Wind-Negotie
A broadside on investment schemes, satirising the devastating effects of speculation on the trading market by likening it to a merchant who has died of wind; with an etching showing an outdoor scene, on the right a body on a table, surrounded by various people carrying out an autopsy, in the foreground a man sleeping in a cradle, covered with a stock certificate, on the left a blindfolded man, whose purse is taken by a monkey, on the right a man representing John Law setting a globe on fire; with engraved inscriptions, title, and verses in three colunns. (n.p.: )
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Height: 278 millimetres
Width: 272 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The speculation frenzy and stock market crash of 1720 is in England known as the South Sea Bubble. In the Netherlands people used the term 'winhandel', meaning literally "wind trade" or "trading in wind", hence the title (reads in translation: Anatomy of the Wind Trade) and the pun on the merchant's death of 'wind'.
For another impression of this print, see 'Het Groote Tafereel Der Dwaasheid" , location 298.c.4,5 (Vol I; BM1868-8-8-9687). See file with notes by Jaap Wilms (same location) for a transcription, translation, and interpretation of the verses.
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- Associated Event: South Sea Bubble 1720
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