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Portrait of a french forger Emmanuel Jean de la coste condemned to pillory, 1760 (engraving)

Portrait of a french forger Emmanuel Jean de la coste condemned to pillory, 1760 (engraving)


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Portrait of a french forger Emmanuel Jean de la coste condemned to pillory, 1760 (engraving)

ELD4923868 Portrait of a french forger Emmanuel Jean de la coste condemned to pillory, 1760 (engraving); (add.info.: In 1760, the forger and adventurer Emmanuel-Jean (Emmanuel Jean) de La Coste condemned to pillory for having made counterfeit notes from a lotteries in Gemont, Germany (Portrait of a french forger Emmanuel Jean de la coste condemned to pillory, 1760)); Photo © The Holbarn Archive

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© © The Holbarn Archive / Bridgeman Images

Basse Cour Capital Punishment Cockerel Condemnation Condemned Person Death Penalty Death Sentence Forge Foundry Malefactor Pillory Rooster Roosters Sentence Of Death Sentenced To Death Torment Death Punishment Isadora


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This engraving from 1760 depicts the portrait of French forger Emmanuel Jean de La Coste, who was condemned to the pillory for his crimes. The detailed image captures the moment of punishment as La Coste stands in front of a crowd, facing his fate with stoic resignation. The scene is filled with symbolism, from the rooster perched on top of the pillory - a traditional symbol of vigilance and watchfulness - to the somber expression on La Coste's face. The intricate details in the engraving bring this historical moment to life, showcasing both the harsh reality of justice in 18th century Europe and the humanity behind every criminal act. As we gaze upon this print, we are transported back in time to witness a man caught between his own actions and society's judgment. The contrast between light and shadow adds depth to La Coste's features, highlighting his inner turmoil as he faces public condemnation. Through this powerful artwork, we are reminded of the complexities of human nature and our capacity for both good and evil. It serves as a poignant reminder that even those who have strayed from society's norms deserve empathy and understanding.

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