- A School of Girls
- Mezzotint on medium, moderately textured, cream laid paper
- Sheet: 11 5/16 x 13 3/8 inches (28.8 x 34 cm), Plate: 10 7/8 x 12 7/8 inches (27.7 x 32.7 cm), and Image: 9 13/16 x 12 13/16 inches (24.9 x 32.6 cm)
Inscribed in graphite, on back, center left: "#55"; on back, lower right: "411. 2. I."
Lettered in black ink, lower left: "Ph. Mercier invt. et pinxt. | See, with what Warmth the am'rous Dotard grins, | Admires, instructs, and in Instructing sins! | Nature's too prompt to kindle up Desire, | Without the Masters Touch to stir the Fire."; lower center: "Publish'd according to Act of Parliament. 1739."; lower right: "I. Faber fecit. | Parents, beware what Guides for Youth you chuse, | Least where They should admonish, They abuse. | Girls thus, indeed, may sooner learn What's What; | But some Instruction's better lost than got."
- Credit Line:
- Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
- Copyright Status:
- Public Domain
- Accession Number:
- Prints and Drawings
- Subject Terms:
- books | cravat | dresses | education | genre subject | gesture | girls | hats | inkstand | interior | man | master | quill | satire | school | schoolgirls | teacher | touch
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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. 262, 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 Girls, 1739
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