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Lewis Vaslet, 1742–1808, British
The Spoiled Child, Scene III
ca. 1802
Watercolor with black ink and gray wash over graphite on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 15 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches (39.3 x 49.5 cm) and Image: 13 3/8 x 18 7/8 inches (33.9 x 48 cm)

Multiple inscriptions in black ink throughout image; inscribed in black ink, lower left: "Contents of the | letter | Sir The Irish Giant Mr. O'burne, now in | this City being second Cousin to my Mother, the no | Relation of mine, I am desirous of having a Miniature | of him taken by you. I would have it for a bracelet | & She shall contrive to be with you on Sunday being | an Idle day at 12, when the people are all busy | at Church. If you are engagd put this by & read it | at your leisure only send an answer by ye. bearer. | from yours Sco. | Maria Crosby | P. S. While he is sitting let nobody be in the room"; lower center: "THE SPOIL'D CHILD Scene III | My dearest life! by Saturn's Orb I swear | My love shall last while your white breast shall wear | This trifling pledge of my fond heart's desires | More fierce than Hecta's flames or Etha's fires."; in graphite, on mount, lower right: "L. VASLET 84"; on back of mount, center: "L. VASLET | The Spoiled Child III"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
animal art | armed forces | artist | books | cane | canvas | chairs | child | comb | costume | cravats | crow (animal) | curtains | drapery | dresses | easels | feathers | fichu | flowers (plants) | genre subject | girl | hairstyling | humor | ink bottles | interior | letters | magnifying glass | men | miniature (painting) | mirrors | monkey (animal) | nobility | paintbrush | painter | paintings | palette | pedestals | portraits | rooster | satire | screen (furniture) | scroll (information artifact) | sword | tables | tail coats | teacup | tricorne | uniform | wig | woman
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