Angus McBride (biography)Medium:
Gouache on BoardSize:
8" x 12" (200mm x 295mm)Date:
1968This is the original Gouache painting by Angus McBride.
Count Alessandro Di Cagliostro, an Italian of no noble birth whatsoever arrived in London in 1771 peddling various false medicines. By posing as a rich Count he was able to fool nearly all the people nearly all the time with quack medicines or other confidence trickster connivances.
Ironically, he and his wife became embroiled in the scandal over Marie Antoinette's jewels and his innocence didn't prevent a stay in the Bastille after which he was rejected by every country.
This is the original artwork for illustration on p32 of Look and Learn issue no 577 (3 February 1973).