Alfred Rethel, Death the Strangler - The first outbreak of cholera at a masked ball in Paris 1831 (Der Tod als Erwürger - Erster Auftritt...)

The British Museum

Date: 1851
Technique: Wood-engraving, 637 x 467 mm

In the centre, Death personified, holding two bones as if he was playing the violin; surrounding him, the bodies of three dead people lying on the floor; in the top left corner, a group of musicians leaving the room; in the background to right; Cholera personified, dressed in Egyptian fancy dress seated on stairs.


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