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

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

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

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 16429i

Lettering note

Lettering continues: La Papillote (journal) Dans le fond plusieurs membres du grand hospice se préparanta le frictionner. Le Mtre. des finances lui prescrivant une potion à prendre tous les 6 mois. Un petit diplomate apportant un consommé. Le Mtre. de la guerre lui faisant une saignée abondante. Un grand maréchal contemplant son agonie. R.I.P. Le Mtre. de l'interieur lui appliquant un cataplasme sur la poitrine. Le Mtre. des affaires étrangères apportant force stimulants. Le Mtre. de la justice préparant un lavement. Des bons pères priant pour le repos de son âme. [On arch:] Au chinois. no. 1. [Left-hand sheet of paper:] Nouvel emprunt de 50 mille pillule ame. [Right-hand sheet:] Route...fer d'Anvers a Cologne. [On boxes:] Anve... Gand. [Man carrying bouquet of slips of paper:] 24 articles. Protocols. Ratifications. Evacuation. 200 protocols. Luxem... Mastrec... [Written on clyster and bucket of water:] Juste milieu.
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