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Print made by John Faber the Younger, ca. 1695–1756, Netherlandish, active in Britain
Published by Robert Sayer, 1725–1794, British
after Philippe Mercier, 1689 or 1691–1760, Franco-German, active in Britain (from 1716)

A School of Girls

Mezzotint on medium, moderately textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 10 7/8 x 15 7/16 inches (27.7 x 39.2 cm), Plate: 9 7/16 x 12 15/16 inches (24 x 32.8 cm), and Image: 8 11/16 x 12 15/16 inches (22 x 32.8 cm)

Inscribed in graphite, on back, center left: "#53"; on back, lower left: "II p 46 - 31"

Lettered in black ink, lower left: "Ph. Mercier Invt. et Pinxt. | See, with what Warmth the am'rous Dotard Grins, | Admirs, Instructs, and in Instructing Sins! | Nature's too prompt to kindle up desire, | Without the Masters Touch to stir the Fire."; lower center: "A SCHOOL OF GIRLS. | London Printed for Robt. Sayer, opposite Fetter Lane, Fleet Street"; lower right: "J. 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 | 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. 261, N12 W35 +A1 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

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