(… if a wood man could saw men…) I’m just going to leave this here because I don’t really know what else to say about it. It has the look of (French caricaturist) Grandville and the 19th century, but I don’t know anything about the authorship, the reason or the original context for this image.
More horrible stuff from China… I promise I don’t hate China as much as my collection of hard drive detritus might seem to suggest. Like the propaganda LPs, these images are mostly lacking context. The file names all include “NYPL”, which I’m guessing and/or vaguely recollecting is New York Public Library (or Libraries). I have a scan of the frontispiece, so I know the book they’re from is The Punishments of China– it also says “Illustrated with twenty-two engravings and explanations in English and French. London: Printed for William Miller, Old-Bond-Street; by William Bulmer & Co., Cleveland-Bow, St. Jame’s [sic], 1804.” Unfortunately I don’t have those explanations in English and French, so let’s all guess what the punishments are.
This one’s easy: crucifixion! Sorry for putting an exclamation point on crucifixion. His queue appears to be tied to the pole. It’s attention to these little details that marks out a true punisher from the dabblers.
Manacled to a bench? Could be worse…