Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Broke on the Wheel

By way of contrast to the last post: it wasn't just the beautiful that caught my eye today. This print is probably (and this is an educated guess really) from an early 19th or late 18th century copy of Fox's Book of Martyrs which tell the grisly fate of innumerable Protestants in the 17th century when it was originally published. Mr John Calas was one such a "French Protestant Merchant Broke on the Wheel by order of the Parliament of Thoulouse". It's a fearsome image made somehow more devilish by its chipped edges and poor, almost childish hand-colouring.


Anonymous said...

A quite famous case, thanks to Voltaire.
See wikipedia entry:
Jean-Daniel Brèque

Callum said...

Hi Anonymous,

Thank you for popping by. I had meant to include the link to Wiki in the text so thank you for spotting my oversight.



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