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        Of auoutry, and specially of them yt ar bawdes to their wyues, knowynge and wyll nat knowe, but kepe counseyll, for couetyse, and gaynes or auauntage

        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 being poked in the eye with a stick by his wife, as he covers his face, from an edition published in 1874. Foolishness of turning a blind eye to your spouse's indiscretions. Provenance: Private Collection. Photographic rights held by The Bridgeman Art Library.

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