“Death looms above a group of people inflicted with various physical and mental diseases – a lazar house.” – Image Description.
“Immediately a place, before his eyes appear’d, sad, noisome, dark, a lazar house it seem’d, wherein were laid numbers of all diseas’d, all maladies. Demoniac phrenzy, moping melancholy, and moon struck madness, pining atrophy, marasmus, dire was the tossing, deep the groans; and over them triumphant death his dart shook, but delayd to strike, though oft invok’d. Milton’s P.L. Book XI. Verse 477.” – Caption on image.
The piece is associated with three artist: John Milton; Moses Haughton; and Johann Heinrich Fussil.
A miser is a person who is not only cheap but greedy. They tend to hoard money and possessions. This image depicts Death coming for a miser. The miser tries to buy Death off. However, The Grim Reaper doesn’t take bribes.