18th Century Venetian Street Trades: the Marmot Guy

Following on from my previous post about Zompini’s Venetian engravings, here from the same series is an unusual and seasonal trader, the Marmot Man, who comes for Carnival. In the accompanying rhyme he explains that at Carnival he quits the snows of Piedmont for the squares of Venice, bringing his performing marmot with him (De Carneval mi dalla neve scampo, / E porto dal Piemonte una marmotta, / E col farla ballar quĂ  me la campo).

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