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Drive the peg in

25 January 2017

In his speech in praise of a nymph’s tits (‘En faveur des tetins d’une nymphe’), the early seventeenth-century French comedian known as Bruscambille describes...

The big genital thumb without a nail

18 January 2017

In his speech in praise of the number three, the four-hundred year-old French comedian known as Bruscambille notes: doesn’t a man have seven times three fingers, i.e. ten on the...

Seduction and not saying the Lord’s Prayer

26 March 2016

One of Dominic Hills’s most recent prints illustrates a self-explanatory Latin catchphrase, ‘Scholasticus loquens cum puella non praesumitur dicere Pater noster’ [A...

Final Exhibition

17 February 2016

In December 2015, the Gossip and Nonsense project organised a final exhibition of Clare Qualmann and Dominic Hills’s artwork at The Bank Gallery at the Cass, in Whitechapel, London....