BG-12933-4

Antique Satire Print on the South Sea Bubble (1720)

  • Condition: Fair, general age-related toning. Strong creasing. Three defects/holes, also affecting image. Blank verso. Please study image carefully.
  • Date: 1720
  • Overall size: 46.5 x 35 cm.
  • Image size: 39 x 31 cm.
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.. Antique Satire Print on the South Sea Bubble (1720)

Description: Antique print titled 'Des Kladpapieren Waerelds vuur in as verkeerd'. 'The world of waste paper is burned to ashes', a satire on the South Sea Bubble. The oval central image shows a group containing kings, churchmen, rich and poor surrounding a globe. The four corner images are: (TL) the death of Adonis; (TR) the death of Bacchus; (BL) King Midas sitting at a table with his food turning into gold; and (BR) a rich man sitting with his valuables on a table as a skeletal Death takes his hand. This print originates from 'Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid', a collection of satires on financial bubbles. Published 1720. 

Artists and Engravers: Anonymous.