Set of twelve grotesque figures representing the twelve months of the year 1638 Denis Boutemie g

Set of twelve grotesque figures representing the twelve months of the year 1638 Denis Boutemie a

Set of twelve grotesque figures representing the twelve months of the year 1638 Denis Boutemie b

Set of twelve grotesque figures representing the twelve months of the year 1638 Denis Boutemie c

Set of twelve grotesque figures representing the twelve months of the year 1638 Denis Boutemie e


Set of twelve grotesque figures representing the twelve months of the year 1638 Denis Boutemie d

1638 suite of prints by Denis Boutemie (or Denise or Daniel Boutemy aka Dionisio Bottonieri), a French jeweller, goldsmith and print engraver

Set of twelve grotesque figures representing the twelve months of the year, printed probably from four plates in four strips of three figures each” that were "probably meant to be printed or pasted onto a folding map" -The British Museum Prints Database 

The prints have both the obscure allegorical as well as obvious satirical dimension, by turns mocking dandies or presenting seasonal motifs; although the references tend to dissolve into grotesque absurdity.