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in plate, in image, lower left: H. Cock excudebat 1567.; in plate, in image, on sheet above fireplace: Hiero. Bos. Inventor; in plate, in image, on box on the wall at top center: PAME [monogram of Pieter van der Heyden]; in plate, below image on left: Masquers entrez, laisses ce gras grouleur / Bein soies venu a nostre ducasse / Chantes, jouez, la vielle de bon coeur / nous faict les gauffres assez bien grasse / buvons de ceste malvoisi garbe / ce pendant quau sot on faict la barbe (Carnivalers, enter, and leave this racket. Welcome to our feast. Sing, play the hurdy-gurdy with all your heart. We make good and thick waffles. Let's drink of this bad fruit while we make fun of the fool); in plate, below image on right: Pijpt nou vrij oppe en speelt van hertten fier / backt wafelen en struijven om wel te smeeren / tis non al keremisse sijt nou vrolijck hier / dus brengt malcanderen eens van den Rijnschen Cleeren / en wijst nou uit ghenuchten de sot wel scheeren (Now, sing freely and play with hearty pride. Bake waffles and smear them well with syrup. It is already Kermis that is being celebrated here. Let's bring forth much merriment from the Rhenish costume, while we poke fun of the fool and take pleasure in shaving him) [translations from Henry Luttikhuizen's "The Humor and Wit of Pieter Bruegel the Elder," exh. cat. Grand Rapids: Center Art Gallery, Calvin College, 2010, p. 110, cat. 33.] ; on verso, in graphite at upper right: Tom. 5. pag. 80 no.33; on verso in graphite at lower right: Bos p.185

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Hope and Julian Edison [1929-2017], St. Louis; gift to the NGA, 2019.

Associated Names

Edison, Hope and Julian

Exhibition History

The Renaissance in the North: New Prints and Perspectives, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2022.


Hollstein, F.W.H. et al. Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts, ca. 1450-1700 (Bosch). 72 vols. Amsterdam: Menno Hertzberger, no. 25, state i/iv.

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