Medical prescription, satirical artwork
Medical prescription. Satirical artwork titled 'Of Prescribing Foolishly', showing a patient in bed with a doctor in a fool's hat (right) holding aloft a proposed treatment. This artwork was by the German painter Albrecht Durer (1471-1528). It illustrated chapter 52 of 'Das Narrenschiff' (Ship of Fools, 1494), a collection of morality tales of medieval vices as told by the German humanist Sebastian Brant (1457-1521). This artwork, from the 1497 Latin edition, was reproduced in the German book 'Die Karikatur und Satire in der Medizin' (Caricature and Satire in Medicine, 1921) by the German art historian and physician Eugen Hollander (1867-1932).
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Pulcinella on Columbines grave
Pulcinella, the sad clown - also known as Pierrot or Punch in various versions of the story of Pierrot and Columbine (Columbina) - sitting on Columbine's grave. From “Stories For The Household” by Hans Christian Andersen. Illustrations by A.W. Bayes; engravings by Dalziel brothers. Published by George Routledge & Sons Ltd of London, Glasgow, Manchester and New York in 1891.
© Linda Steward
Sisowath, King of Cambodia shaking the 'trunk' of Fallieres
Satirical postcard showing Sisowath (1840-1927), King of Cambodia shaking the 'trunk' of French President Armand Fallieres (18411931) who is in the form of a benevolent Sacred Elephant. Sisowath is saying: "I carry in my heart a sacred remembrance". Sisowath had run out of money by the end of his visit to France (in July 1906) and had to leave the country in tears and embarrassed (as he was having so much fun!). Date: 1906
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection