A Venetian Courtesan
- Additional Title(s):
A Venetian Courtezan
- Mezzotint on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper
- Sheet: 13 5/16 x 9 5/16 inches (33.8 x 23.7 cm), Plate: 12 7/8 x 8 7/8 inches (32.7 x 22.6 cm), and Image: 11 5/8 x 8 13/16 inches (29.5 x 22.4 cm)
Inscribed in graphite, on back, lower center: "262"; in brown ink, on back, lower right: "41236"; in graphite, on back, lower right: "E/-"
Lettered in black ink, lower left: "Ph. Mercier invt. et pinxt."; lower center: "A Venetian Courezan. | How diff'rent Beauty from its Self appears, | When it the Garb of Art and Boldness wears; | Th'inveigling Nymphs, who labour to display | Too many Charms, oft their own Force betray: | For Affectation shocks, not tempts, the Sight; | And checks Desire, where most it would invite."; lower right: "I. Faber fecit 1739 | Publish'd according to | Act of Parliament."
- Credit Line:
- Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
- Copyright Status:
- Public Domain
- Accession Number:
- Prints and Drawings
- Subject Terms:
- courtesan | drapery | earrings | figure study | gesture | gown | Grand Tour | hairpiece | jewels | window sill | woman
- Associated Places:
- Accessible by request in the Study Room [Request]
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John Ingamells, A Catalogue of the Paintings, Drawings, and Etchings of Philip Mercier, Volume of the Walpole Society, vol. 46, Walpole Society, 1976-8, p. 48, no. 201, N12 W35 +A1 OVERSIZE (YCBA)