Mardi Gras de Cocq a l’Ane



Mardi Gras de Cocq a l’Ane


De Hooghe was a prolific printmaker and painter active in Amsterdam, who has left over 3500 prints. This busy political satire is packed with figures and inscriptions in French and Flemish. It caricatures the strife between Amsterdam and William III in 1690. The female Cock Knight sits in the center on a pedestal inscribed “Pour le Service de mes Alliees.” Two men are crushed below it. A band of courtiers pushes in through an arch in the middle to do homage to the cock knight, one carrying a sack of 1000 Louis. She grasps the first of the courtiers by the wrist. Behind her are a female warrior with a windmill waving a distaff and riding an ass. Above her on the wall is a picture of a sailing ship “Sonder Roer.” A hag with a shield inscribed “La France persecutée” is below the female warrior. She rests her shield on a coffin “tronc pour la monarc des Jesuits.” A large globe on the left inscribed “Duytsland en de aengrensende ry[ck]” surmounts two men in chains, one labeled “Waldenser Pedikant” in the foreground. A group of usurers on the lower right have amassed much plate. A man above them keeps a tally on the wall “Qater en trois moet hier betalen” (lines 3 and 4 must pay) while lines 1, 2, 5, and 6 owe nothing. Views out through two arches show a townscape and one building labeled “Raedhuijs 1690.” A convex mirror lies in the foreground, its inscription not fully legible: “Sbeecht Luoijs Raedt (?)”

The print is attached to a calendar poem below in Flemish. “Franse Kaelender. Beginnende van der Onnoosele Kinderen-dag 1689 tot Borgers Goe-Vrydag Ao. 1690.” A long text in three columns, it is followed by the publisher’s name: “Tot Antwerpen By Cornelis Woons, op de Melck-Mart, in de Gulde Sterre 1690.” Each verse of the poem (their length varying from one to 20 lines each) is numbered and the numbers correspond to numerals set into the print on different figures. Two separate plates were clearly used, one for the print and the other for the text as the registration is off. The print plate shifted and is slightly askew. (Another copy is in the Yale University Art Gallery.)


Romeyn de Hooghe (Dutch, ca. 1645-1708)


Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY




Purchase of the Friends of the Visual Arts


21 1/4 x 15 1/2 in.







Spatial Coverage


Temporal Coverage

17th century



Romeyn de Hooghe (Dutch, ca. 1645-1708), “Mardi Gras de Cocq a l’Ane,” Selected Old Masters from the Picker Art Gallery, accessed April 28, 2017,