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        On them yt synne trustynge vpon the mercy of God, illustration from Alexander Barclay's English translation of 'The Ship of Fools', from an edition published in 1874

        German School, (15th century) (after). Medium: engraving. Date: 1874. Alexander Barclay (c.1476-1552) Scottish born English poet, translated Sebastian Brandt's (1457-1521) Das Narrenschiff, as 'The Ship of Fools' in 1509. Image is a facsimile of the original German woodcut of 1497 and shows a fool approaching a trough with a horse collar around his neck. The foolishness of sinning without genuine contrition, believing God will always forgive you so there is no need to adjust your behaviour. Provenance: Private Collection. Photographic rights held by The Bridgeman Art Library.

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