Fokke, Simon (1712-1784); after Nieulandt, Adriaen van (1586/1587-1658); after Wit, Izaak Jansz. de (1744-1809)
[Original etching/ets] ‘Jaarlyksche Ommegang der Gildens en Leproozen’; Procession of guild members and lepers in Amsterdam on ‘koppermaandag’, 1604.
This beautiful view of the Dam square represents the lepers’ parade on “Koppersmaandag”. This procession took place on the first Monday after Epiphany (January 6). On that day, lepers were allowed to leave their home and they were granted a festive city tour. Because of the great number of people attending, the parade was dismissed in 1604. Thus Nieulandt represented the last procession. It arrives from the Damrak, behind the Waag, onto Dam Square. The residents of the home – a woman, a man and a child – sit in horse-drawn sleighs, and draw attention to themselves by flapping their Lazarus flap. In this way, lepers were announcing their presence so that people in health could avoid getting closer and ultimately not getting sick. In the barrels on the sleighs was collected alms. Title below in Dutch and French: ‘Jaarlyksche Ommegang der Gildens en Leproozen, op Koppermaandag te Amsterdam; opgehouden Ao. 1604 / Procession annuelle des Confrairies & des Lépreux d’Amsterdam hors d’usage dés l’Année 1604’. Signed below: ‘A. van Nieuwland pinx. 1633.’; ‘J. de Wit Jansz. del. 1768.’; ‘S. Fokke fecit 1769’.
Etching on paper with wide margins; plate mark: 191 x 253 mm, total: 459 x 603 mm. Some foxing, frayed edges, vertical centerfold. Pencil inscription on the bottom right. Muller 1207a state III.
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