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Rural Trades – The Farmer (1568)
This image of a farmer was taken from a 1568 publication entitled Eygentliche Beschreibung Aller Stäande auf Erden [Actual Description of all Professions on Earth], with verses by Hans Sachs and illustrations by Jost Amman. As the verse suggests, the farmer’s profession was mostly characterized by low income and high taxes and dues. Woodcut by Jost Amman (1539-91), 1568.