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Ecce homo / B-b-y.

Ecce homo / B-b-y.

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Print shows an enraged, wild-eyed and possibly demented man, identified (in the British Museum CPPS) as William Austin, violently reviling "Damn your foolish caricatures" posted in the window of Matthew Darly's print-shop. He mimics the print "A Bethlemhite" in the upper left corner of the window, beneath which are two prints showing persons (lunatics?) in confinement, one in manacles, the other behind bars. In his right hand he holds a walking stick, as though to strike a blow. A portfolio, emblazoned with a broken anchor, hangs over his left arm like a shield, and from which papers fall, among them a prescription for an ounce of "Black Hellebore" (for treating nervous disorders and hysteria) signed by a "Dr. Monrow." A dog in the right foreground registers an opinion by urinating on a paper "Proposals for open[ing] a museum of dra[wings] at 2 Gns. each...." Down the street is a disabled carriage bearing a similar anchor device as appears on the portfolio, which may also be part of the "D" of the publisher Demoniae, further linking the publisher to Austin.





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