Aug 20, 2020
Aug 20, 2020

Monkey Preaching to Turkeys

Monkey Preaching to Turkeys

second half of 18th century

circle of Christophe Huet

(French, 1700–1759)


Support: Secondary support

Sheet: 32.2 x 39.6 cm (12 11/16 x 15 9/16 in.)

Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2017.215



This work belongs to a genre of imagery called singerie, which depicts monkeys dressed in human clothes parodying the actions of people. Here, a monkey preaches to a flock of turkeys from a wicker basket pulpit hanging from a tree. The turkeys, interpreted as symbols of foolishness, are deceived by the cunning primate in the disguise of a monk’s habit.

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DR - French
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