Volltext: A history of caricature and grotesque in literature and art

and Art. 
Fools," which, it need hardly be remarked, are altogether inappropriate, 
but the " Praife of Folly" was deftined to receive illuftrations from a more 
difiinguithed pencil. A copy of the book came into the hands of Hans 
Holbein-it may pofhbly have been prefented to him by the author- 
and Holbein took fo much intereft in it, that he amufed himfelf with 
drawing illuftrative lketches with a pen in the margins. This book after- 
wards palied into the library of the Univerf1tyofB-ale, where it was found 
in the latter part of the feventeenth century, and thefe drawings have 
Iince been engraved and added to moft of the fubfequent editions. Many 
of thefe {ketches are very flight, and fome have not a very clofe con- 
nection with the text of Erafmus, but they are all charaeteriftic, and {how 
the fpirit-the fpirit of the age-in which Holbein read his author. 
I give two examples of them, taken almoft haphazard, for it would 
require a longer analyfis of the book than can be given here to make 
many of them underftood. The firit oi thefe, our cut No. 13 7, reprefents 
the foolilh warrior, who has a [word long enough to truit to it for defence, 
bowing with trembling fuperllition before a painting of St. Chriiiopher 
crofiing the water with the infant Chrifl on his ihoulder, as a more cer- 
tain fecurity for his fafety during that day. The other, our cut N0. I38, 
reprefents the preacher, Lady Folly, defcending from her pulpit, after {he 
has concluded her fermon.   


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