The Professional Grotesques of Nicolas de Larmessin II

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.

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

The Professional Grotesques of Nicolas de Larmessin II

Sword maker

The Professional Grotesques of Nicolas de Larmessin II

Tailor

The Professional Grotesques of Nicolas de Larmessin II

Baker

The Professional Grotesques of Nicolas de Larmessin II

The Professional Grotesques of Nicolas de Larmessin II

Optician and mirror maker

The Professional Grotesques of Nicolas de Larmessin II

Cooper

The Professional Grotesques of Nicolas de Larmessin II

Sculptor

The Professional Grotesques of Nicolas de Larmessin II

Glasscutter

The Professional Grotesques of Nicolas de Larmessin II

Gardener

The Professional Grotesques of Nicolas de Larmessin II

Winegrower

The Professional Grotesques of Nicolas de Larmessin II

Cheesemonger

The Professional Grotesques of Nicolas de Larmessin II

Clockmaker

The Professional Grotesques of Nicolas de Larmessin II

Perfumer

The Professional Grotesques of Nicolas de Larmessin II

Pyrotechnist

The Professional Grotesques of Nicolas de Larmessin II

Hat maker

The Professional Grotesques of Nicolas de Larmessin II

Ceramist and glassworker

The Professional Grotesques of Nicolas de Larmessin II

Innkeeper

The Professional Grotesques of Nicolas de Larmessin II

Blacksmith

The Professional Grotesques of Nicolas de Larmessin II

Musician

The Professional Grotesques of Nicolas de Larmessin II

Locksmith

The Professional Grotesques of Nicolas de Larmessin II

Basketmaker

The Professional Grotesques of Nicolas de Larmessin II

Goldsmith

The Professional Grotesques of Nicolas de Larmessin II

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The images are from Ptak Science Books and Marinni.