Ship of Fools

© estate of Peter de Francia, courtesy James Hyman Gallery, London. Image credit: Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

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Like his 'Disparates' series, which includes a drawing related to this painting, Peter de Francia's 'Ship of Fools' makes reference to the art of the past: a painting by the Netherlandish artist Hieronymous Bosch, which was based on a poem by the fifteenth-century German writer Sebastian Brant. In the poem and Bosch's painting the whole of mankind is voyaging through the seas of time on a ship that is representative of humanity, but each person is absorbed by their own private follies and oblivious to their common peril.

Pallant House Gallery



Ship of Fools




oil on canvas


H 76.3 x W 54.5 cm

Accession number

CHCPH 1277

Acquisition method

gift from Colin St John Wilson through the National Art Collections Fund, 2004

Work type



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