'Folies De Carnaval', late 18th-early 19th century. Creator: Unknown
'Folies De Carnaval', late 18th-early 19th century. Riotous carnival scene with Parisian caricatures: 'Ah! c'Cadet la. Quel pif qu'il a. Ah! c'Cadet la quel pif.' ('What a conk!). A large-nosed man wears a barrel with a tap dispensing liquid. He carries a masked figure who is defecating into a type of wheelbarrow pushed by a man in the costume of Il Dottore from the Commedia dell'Arte. [Martinet, Paris]
'The Garratt Election', (c1878). Creator: Unknown
'The Garratt Election', (c1878). 18th century scene showing the 'Garrat Elections' held at Garrat, then a small hamlet in Wandsworth, (now part of greater London). The elections were: 'A ludicrous ceremony, practiced every new parliament: it consists of a mock election of two members to represent the borough of Garret...The qualification of a voter is, having enjoyed a woman, in the open air, within that district: the candidates are commonly fellows of low humor, who dress themselves up in a ridiculous manner. As this brings a prodigious concourse of people to Wandsworth, the publicans of that place jointly contribute to the expense, which is sometimes considerable.' From Old and New London: A Narrative of Its History, Its People, And Its Places. The Southern Suburbs, Volume VI, by Edward Walford. [Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co., London, Paris & New York, c1878]
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Two young boys dressed as Jaguars and one as a Fox, in the fertility and rain making
Two young boys dressed as Jaguars and one as a Fox, in the fertility and rain making festival dating from the pre-Columbian times. The people petition the Jaguar God to send rain in exchange for the sacrifice of human blood. Country of Origin: Mexico. Date/Period: 1982. Place of Origin: Acatlan, Mexico. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ N.J. Saunders. Location: 36.
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