Assassination of the De Witt Brothers - 11x14 PRINT, crosshatch, Macabre Art

Assassination of the De Witt Brothers - 11x14 PRINT, crosshatch, Macabre Art

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~History~
The year 1672 was a disaster year for the Dutch. Tensions rose between republicans loyal to the De Witt brothers and royalists loyal to the Prince of Orange. 

After hearing of Cornelis De Witt's arrest in The Hague, his brother Johan went to collect him. The brothers were accosted by a mob, beaten, stripped, cut from groin to throat and hung upside down. According to legend the mob cut pieces of the brothers and sold them as mementos. Some think they were even eaten. Those responsible for egging on the mob were never tried and were assumed to be loyal to the Prince of Orange.

This story was fictionalized in Dumas' The Black Tulip.

Pierre Du Marteau was an alias multiple, real European printers used to print controversial materials in the 1660s through to the 1700s.

~Inspiration~
Multiple etchings of the De Witt's assassination, decorative etchings, Johan's tongue and Cornelis's finger preserved by salt held in the Museum de Gevangenpoort (Prison Gate Museum) in The Hague


This piece was originally done in dip pen, ink and gouache. 

This is a PRINT. 
>120lb, smooth, white paper 
>11x14