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Plaque - The Triumph of Poverty

The Triumph of Poverty

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Netherlands (probably, made)

  • Date:

    second half 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Heemskerk, Martin (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze cast in relief

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The plaque 'The Triumph of Poverty' is made after a reversed design by Martin Heemskerk.

It depicts a wicker cart drawn by two asses to the right. In the cart are seated three figures. At the near side of the car are two women, one fettered and walking, and in the background is an old man. Beyond one can see a view of a town and a church.

Physical description

A wicker cart drawn by two asses to the right; in the cart are seated three figures, with abbreviated names in Latin inscribed above: INOPIA VMI TIM; at the near side of the car, two women, one fettered, walking, and in the background, an old man; beyond is a view of a town with a church.

Place of Origin

Netherlands (probably, made)


second half 16th century (made)


Heemskerk, Martin (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze cast in relief

Marks and inscriptions



Length: 12.7 cm, Width: 6.67 cm

Object history note

Bought, £9 9s.

Descriptive line

Plaque, bronze, depicting the Triumph of Poverty, after M. Heemskerk, probably Netherlands, second half of 16th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Inventory of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in the Years 1903 - 1904. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum, During the Year 1903, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition with Appendix and Indices. London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, by Wyman and Sons, Limited, 1907, p. 88

Production Note

After a design (reversed) by Martin Heemskerk




Casting; Relief

Subjects depicted

Church; Town; Car; Figures; Women


Plaques & Plaquettes; Sculpture; Metalwork; Myths & Legends


Sculpture Collection

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