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A portrait of John Law ("Mr Quinquenpoix") is crowned by a fool and attended by figures representing aspects of the Dutch share boom of 1720. Etching, 1720.

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An unflattering portrait of John Law holding a money-bag, painted on an oval canvas, is placed in a steaming cooking pot ("Brouwketel"). A man in a fool's costume crowns the portrait with a crown made of feathers and leaves (i.e. not precious materials). Two satyrs fuel the fire beneath the cooking pot by kicking or throwing into the fire letters of credit from various banks and trading companies (South sea company, French East India company, Mississippi company) . On the left are Diogenes seeking an honest man ("ominem quero") and an emaciated woman (representing hunger?). Below them, a woman with a peacock-feather head-dress holds a painting of the fall of Icarus. Right, a woman holding a straw bundle turning into vapour, has a sheet of paper inscribed "Quinquenpooi vreugt van strooi" (Quinquenpoix fruit of straw). Below, a woman with a dagger and a torch (suicide?), and a man riding on a pig and holding sheets inscribed in Dutch


[Amsterdam] : [publisher not identified], [1720?]

Physical description

1 print : etching, with engraving ; outer platemark z cm, inner platemark 15.8 x 10.7 cm


Waare afbeelding van den vermaarden Heer Quinquenpoix. Kom uit, kom uit: het regent nu dukaten ... Kroop, lachend, in zyn vadt.


Muller's state a.

References note

Frederik Muller, De nederlandsche geschiedenis in platen. Beredeneerde beschrijving van nederlandsche historieplaten, zinneprenten en historische kaarten, Amsterdam 1863, part 2, pp. 117-118, no. 3572 (37)
British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. 2, London 1978, no. 1612
Arthur H. Cole, The great mirror of folly (Het groote tafereel der dwaasheid). An economic-bibliographical study, Boston 1949

Lettering note

Translation of heading: "True representation of the renowned Mr Quinquenpoix". On both sides of the etching, engraved Dutch verses printed in two columns


Wellcome Library no. 2535481i


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