“A broadside on the Anglo-Dutch dispute over free trade with America at the time before the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War, using an allegory of the liberated Dutchman and the conquered dog.
A flat landscape with the sea as background, into which a slightly raised causeway (left) extends. In the foreground (left) is a bridge (resembling rather an embankment) with a railing, over which leans a Dutch peasant pointing with satisfaction to what is going on beneath the bridge: on a wall supporting the bridge is a placard inscribed “traktaat van Cromwel”, this a woman is tearing down, while another woman looks from a doorway in the wall holding up her hands in delight. On each side of the door is placarded a portrait head in profile to the right. On the bridge are three prostrate bodies, or corpses, lying face upwards, on one of them (right) a second Dutch peasant is walking in profile to the right, his arms outstretched towards America, in the person of an Indian brave with a girdle of feathers, who advances to meet him also with outstretched arms.
Between the bridge and the sea, on an onamental seat or throne with a high back, lies a lion, small and of strangely dog-like appearance. Between his paws is a staff supporting the hat of liberty. A crowned woman (left) advances towards the lion holding out a dish, in her left hand is a sceptre. Behind the lion’s throne stands Justice, holding her sword and scales. On the right a Frenchman wearing a hat and sword holds on a leash a dog, which he forces with a scourge to lap up the excrement which comes from the lion. Behind the Frenchman stands a Spaniard, in slashed doublet, cloak, ruff, and feathered hat, he puffs with a pair of bellows into the Frenchman’s ear.
On the causeway in the background an Englishman (left) kneels in supplication before a Dutchman, who offers him a piece of bread. On the horizon (right) is a town; some of its buildings are falling over and sinking below the sea. From the clouds a glory of rays descends upon the group of the lion, Justice, and the crowned lady.” [ M.Dorothy George, ‘Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum’, V, 1935; London, British Museum, inv. 1868,0808.4534]
Titled below: “DE VERLOSTE HOLLANDER, OF DE GEDWONGEN DOG.” and eight lines of text in Dutch: “Een Hollandsche Boer… reeds meer dan half gezonken.”
Etching, engraving and letterpress on paper; total: 236 x 274 mm; despite a damp stain especially visible on the verso, in good condition. Muller 4380.
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