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Mercury lies dying from cholera, surrounded by ministers; representing the sickly state of the French economy in the 1830s. Coloured etching, c. 1832.

B., D., active 1832.
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[1832]

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Cholera is referred to here as 'cholera morbus'. The minister of justice administers a 'lavement', a euphemism for enema, marked 'juste milieu', the ironic term for Louis Philippe's disingenuous attempt at a lowest common denominator between republicanism and monarchy. Mercury, the Roman god of commerce, holds the caduceus (the wand entwined with two snakes), in his right hand

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Le commerce attaqué du choléra morbus et traité par le ministère ...

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[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [1832]

Physical description

1 print : etching, with watercolour ; image 24.7 x 37.8 cm

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 16429i

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  • French


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