Manneken-Pis. En petite tenue. [&] Manneken-Pis.
Two hand coloured lithographs glued to one album page, sheets each 205 x 140mm, 8 x 5½". Sheets trimmed.
The Manneken Pis (Flemish for little man urinating), 'naked' on the left and clothed on the right, is a famous Brussels landmark. It is a small bronze fountain sculpture depicting a naked little boy urinating into the fountain's basin. On certain occasions, the statue is dressed in a costume. His wardrobe now consists of several hundred different costumes. The costumes are changed according to a schedule managed by the non-profit association The Friends of Manneken-Pis, in ceremonies that are often accompanied by brass band music. A descriptive ink mss. note below the image on the right relates how Louis XIV's modesty was so affronted by the statue that he endowed it with a 'rich wardrobe'.
[Ref: 12319] £70.00