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- Object: Le Grand Diable d'Argent, Patron de la Finance
A popular print showing the Money Devil, Patron of Finance, flying above and distributing money to a group of men of various trades ranked left to right according to their wealth, from poorest to richest: a painter, a baker, a cobbler, a miller, a wine merchant, a cook, and a lawyer
Stencil-coloured woodcut, printed on bluish paper
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Height: 212 millimetres (image size)
Width: 325 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- A popular subject which appears on prints from the late 16th century to the 19th century; see for instance print published by Jean (IFF 68; Hennin cat. No12465); anonymous engraving published by Huot in Paris in the second half of the 17th century ("French Popular Imagery", Arts Council of Great Britain, Hayward Gallery London 26 March-27 May 1974, cat. No.24); a woodcut by Godard II published by Hurez in Cambrai c.1810 (ibid, cat. No.198). The trades are often the same from one print to the other; the order is also broadly the same.
The painter is shown pulling the devil's tail, which is a literal reference to the French expression "tirer le diable par la queue" (i.e. struggling to make ends meet). Rats are fleeing his head; "avoir des rats" ("having rats") is also a popular expression which means being governed by caprice (for another example see 2012,7029.3).
- Not on display
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