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

The Morning Rose, What Shall Poor Harpax Do!

Additional Title(s):

Paying for a Night's Lodging

Mezzotint on moderately thick, moderately textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 12 1/4 x 14 5/16 inches (31.1 x 36.4 cm), Plate: 10 7/8 x 12 7/8 inches (27.6 x 32.7 cm), and Image: 9 3/4 x 12 13/16 inches (24.8 x 32.5 cm)

Inscribed in graphite, on back, center left: "#54"; on back, lower right: "not cat in | [...]"

Lettered in black ink, lower left: "P. Mercier pinx."; lower center: "The Morning rose, what shall poor HARPAX do! | He came, he lov'd, enjoy'd the Nymph 'tis true, | All that he wish'd, he had, but thinks at last, | Tis mighty hard to pay for Pleasures past. | But hard or not, 'tis CLOE'S constant Rule, | To drain the Purse when e'er she charms the Fool; | And in his turn poor HARPAX now must prove | What many a Fool can tell, the Curse of lawless Love. | Publish'd according to Act of Parliament Mar. 25. 1744"; lower right: "I. Faber fecit 1744"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
bonnets | cap | coats | coffee cups | curtains | drapery | genre subject | gesture | gown | jeweler | jewelry | kettle | lovers | maid | men | money | pointing | prostitute | prostitution | purchasing | purse | ruffles | tray | women
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IIIF Manifest:

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. 60, no. 257, N12 W35 +A1 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

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