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        Of them that forceth or careth for the bacbytynge of lewde people, 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 bell with a fox's tail inside turned upside down as a fool fills it with flour. Foolishness of paying attention to other people's backbiting. A bell cannot sound if it is muffled. Provenance: Private Collection. Photographic rights held by The Bridgeman Art Library.

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