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The dance of death: Death as a standard-bearer, flying the standard from his scythe, is seen leading troops against their fatherland. Drawing by or after E. Ille.

  • Ille, Eduard, 1823-1900.
Date
1849
Reference
32952i
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Description

Death leads the country into internecine conflict: friend fights against friend, brother against brother, and son against father

Publication/Creation

1849

Physical description

1 drawing on tracing paper : pencil ; image and border 24.6 x 34.2 cm

Lettering

Die Wolken zieh'n gewitter schwer, im Abenddunkel zieht das Heer. Gen welchen Feind ist es gesandt? - S zieht gen sein eig'nes Vaterland, und gen sein eignes Hab und Gut, und gen sein eignes Fleisch und Blut, und mit dem Banēr stolz voran dem Heere geht der Sensenmann. Sobald die nächste Sonne scheint, kämpft wohl der Freund schon mit dem Freund, der Bruder mit dem Bruder schon und mit dem Vater kaempft der Sohn.

Creator/production credits

The attribution to Eduard Ille arises from his signature on one of six drawings (not the present drawings) of his set 'Noch ein Todtentanz' offered for sale by Reiss & Sohn, Königstein im Taunus, in 2005

References note

Dietrich Grünewald, 'Der Totentanz bei Rethel, Ille und Schwarzkopf', in: Eckart Sackmann (ed.), Deutsche Comicforschung, 2009, 5: 21–32

Lettering note

Bears number bottom center : III.

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 32952i

Languages

  • German



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