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 ("