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The Improvement of Morals

A work made of etching and engraving on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching and engraving on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1786

Artist:

Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki
German, 1726-1801

About this artwork

This plate satirizes the efforts of Merlino, an inferior Berlin engraver who drew attention to bizarre current events through his weekly publications. At the center, a scaffold holds thirteen images. To the right, a street musician performs before a crowd, while on the left a hot-air baloon goes up in flames. In the background are caricatures and depictions of crimes.

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Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki

Title

The Improvement of Morals

Origin

Germany

Date

Made 1786

Medium

Etching and engraving on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

212 × 335 mm (plate); 220 × 345 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift

Reference Number

1920.2677

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