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        Of great stryuers in the lawe for thynges of nought, 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 blindfolding a figure of justice. Foolishness of making something out of nothing. Provenance: Private Collection. Photographic rights held by The Bridgeman Art Library.

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