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        Of hym that togyder wyll serve two maysters, 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 hunting, sounding a horn and sending his dog chasing after two hares. The foolishness of following more than one master, 'No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other' (Matthew 6:24) Provenance: Private Collection. Photographic rights held by The Bridgeman Art Library.

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