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Devil worship: clergymen seated in a circle, asserting their allegiance to the devil. Coloured etching.

[between 1700 and 1799?]

About this work


Anti-clerical propaganda. The devil is represented as having the breasts of a woman, the genitals of a man, and the legs of a horse. It sits on a rococo armchair and holds a torch and a knife. Knives, lightning bolts and a snake descend on to the company. Right foreground, a bishop making a gesture (of blessing?). Left, a young man seated at a desk on which is a paper with lettering "faisons serment d'etre mauvais sugets" (let us make an oath to be bad subjects)


[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [between 1700 and 1799?]

Physical description

1 print : etching, with watercolour ; image 12.7 x 8.5 cm


Wellcome Library no. 47628i



  • French

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