- A School of Boys
- Mezzotint on medium, moderately textured, cream laid paper
- Sheet: 11 5/16 x 13 7/16 inches (28.7 x 34.2 cm), Plate: 10 7/8 x 12 7/8 inches (27.6 x 32.7 cm), and Image: 9 13/16 x 12 7/8 inches (24.9 x 32.7 cm)
Inscribed in graphite, on back, center left: "+51"
Lettered in black ink, lower left: "Ph. Mercier invt. et pinxt."; lower center: "This Scene but shews us, how we first began; | How practise the same Lesson up to Man. | From earliest Date some stand ye Buts of Laughtr. | And the School Blockhead is a Dunce hereafter. | All are at Fault by turns: | Who first recover | From ye deep Plunge, insult ye foundring Brother. | In Courts, in Camps, at Bar, in ev'ry Place, | The Rule is, -"Sneer the Party in Disgrace."; lower right: "I. Faber fecit 1739. | Published according to Act of Parliament 1739."
- Credit Line:
- Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
- Copyright Status:
- Public Domain
- Accession Number:
- Prints and Drawings
- Subject Terms:
- books | boys | cap | children | education | genre subject | interior | laughing | man | master | pointing | punishment | reading | satire | school | schoolboys | students | teacher
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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. 61, no. 261, N12 W35 +A1 OVERSIZE (YCBA)
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Print made by John Faber the Younger, ca. 1695–1756, Netherlandish, active in Britain, A School of Boys, 1739
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