View of a group of Leiden students at the door of a room where someone is graduating. The Beadle passes by in the doorway. Steel engraving by O. Veralby (pseud. Alexander Ver Huell (1822-1897)). Intended as an illustration for: J. Kneppelhout (1814-1885). “Student life, by Klikspaan, with records by O. Veralby. August 1841 - February 1844. '' Published in Leiden by H.W. Hazenberg & Comp. in 1844. Numbered in edition IV. Klikspaan was the pseudonym of the Leiden student Johannes Kneppelhout (1814-1885) when he started writing about his fellow students. He divided his fellow students into twelve types and he did not describe them gently. So he considered himself someone who clicked about student life. His writings were designed to warn students of the dangers that threaten them. He describes students who get drunk, wreak havoc, go to harlots and ultimately fail to finish their studies. The students loved it, especially because Klikspaan also described recognisably unpopular professors. Source: Literatuur History.nl, 2015; Digital Library for Dutch Literature, 2015.
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