Jacques Callot

France, b.1592, d.1635

La roue

  • Gifted to the Gallery by Mr Gordon Brown, 1999
  • Etching
  • 82 x 186mm
  • 99/87
  • 1633

The text beneath the image reads

L’oeil tousiours surveillant de la divine Astrée

Bannit entièrement le dueil d’une contrée

Lors que tenant l’Espée et la Balance en main

Elle iuge et punit le voleur inhumain

Qui guette les paysans les meurtit et s’en ioüe

Puis luy mesme deviant le joüet d’une roüe

The ever watchful eye of divine Astrée [i.e. Justice] completely banishes mourning from a region when, with sword and scales in hand, she judges and punishes the inhuman thief who lies in wait for peasants, murders them and toys with them, then himself becomes the plaything of the wheel.