The Professional Grotesques of Nicolas de Larmessin II

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Meet the smith whose belly is a forge, and the woman whose body is woven from her own baskets. These sometimes scary, cyborg-esque illustrations were made by a 17th century Parisian illustrator named Nicolas de Larmessin II.

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Each figure has been drawn so that their bodies are made out of the tools and products of their professions. The results are often odd and disturbing.

Cabinetmaker

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Sword maker

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Tailor

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Baker

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Optician and mirror maker

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Cooper

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Sculptor

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Glasscutter

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Gardener

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Winegrower

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Cheesemonger

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Clockmaker

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Perfumer

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Pyrotechnist

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Hat maker

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Ceramist and glassworker

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Innkeeper

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Blacksmith

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Musician

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Locksmith

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Basketmaker

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Goldsmith

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The images are from Ptak Science Books and Marinni.

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Most of these people look dressed in their stuff, not made of it. And the captions do say "Suit of..."