[Theriac vendor]Au grand Magazin de Tériaque / Les voilà donc surpris mais cet air patelin / Trouvera des nigauds qui si laisseront prendre [...]
Etching with small margins, rare, platemark 125 x 160mm (5 x 6¼").
Anti-jesuit satire, whose subject is made explicit by a notice on the wall which forbids jesuits from any commercial activities. Theriac was a medical concoction formulated by the Greeks in the first century AD and sold up until the 19th century. Here the medicine, sometimes sold by jesuit traders, is seen as a quack treatment, as the text below explains, saying that if France welcomes the jesuits, they will deceive those who trusted in them. This print is probably a copy of a more skilfully-etched version, copies of which are in the BNF and Waddesdon.
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