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        Of the folisshe begynnynge of great bildynges without sufficient prouision, 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 despairing over his poorly planned attempt at building construction. The foolishness of trying to build something without adequate planning. Provenance: Private Collection. Photographic rights held by The Bridgeman Art Library.

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