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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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
Le commerce attaqué du choléra morbus et traité par le ministère ...
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Wellcome Library no. 16429i