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adammclean
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 Posted: Tue Jul 5th, 2011 06:27 am
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I just discovered this etching of a drawing by the Eighteenth Century Italian caricaturist Piero Leone Ghezzi (1674 – 1755). This was included in 24 Raccolta Caricature disegnato by Piero Leone Ghezzi, Dresden 1750.

The original is on the left, but as some of the writing is reversed through the etching, I have mirrored this on the right.

Apparently the figure is Ghezzi himself. He was rather satirical in his caricatures and often rather cruel, so it seems he chooses to depict himself as distilling vitriol from his head.

There were a number of satirical images from the 18th century using alchemical references. I immediately recall some of the drawing by Rowlandson.

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 Posted: Thu Jul 7th, 2011 05:40 pm
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Here is a political satire by the British cartoonist James Gillray entitled

Dissolution, or The Alchymist producing an Aetherial Representation

This dates to 1796. Note the crocodile hanging from the ceiling as in the alchemical interiors of Teniers.

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 Posted: Mon Sep 23rd, 2013 11:18 pm
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 Posted: Wed Feb 26th, 2014 09:30 pm
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In An Essay on Man (1734), Pope rounds up the alchemists with the woolgatherers. And do not seem to view the types as mutually exclusives.



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