European governments in 1705-1706 represented as a chemical laboratory which is assailed by warring monarchs; representing the War of the Spanish Succession. Etching after R. de Hooghe, 1706.
- Hooghe, Romeyn de, 1645-1708.
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The upper etching shows a chemist's laboratory with three kilns operated by various chemists, burning and destroying objects and equipment. The central kiln (1) representing the hegemony of Europe is under attack from warlike virtues. On the roof, a Swiss guard, representing an unwarlike country; behind him, an Italian with a stiletto, and to the left a medallion of the fall of Phaeton, with the motto "Excidit ausis" (he falls from his dares) . On the ground, a cracked and fallen sun inscribed "Ryk van geweld" (reign of violence). On the right, the Pope (A.) is talking to a cardinal (B.) In the right background, the landing of the fleet at a "western port" (11)
At the bottom, three smaller scenes: left, the revenge of a nocturnal ghost on those who do not respect passports (no. 14); centre, the devil in a dream confronting a cardinal who disturbs Europe's peace (no. 15); right, the ghost of King Charles II of Spain troubling his successors by his will (no. 16)