- Cupid in the Character of Bacchus
- Mezzotint on moderately thick, moderately textured, cream laid paper
- Sheet: 15 5/8 x 11 7/16 inches (39.7 x 29 cm), Plate: 12 15/16 x 8 15/16 inches (32.8 x 22.7 cm), and Image: 11 7/16 x 8 15/16 inches (29 x 22.7 cm)
Inscribed in graphite, on back, lower center: "#56 (underlined)"
Lettered in black ink, lower left: "Phi Mercier Invt. et Pinxt. | Publish'd according to Act of Parliament 1739."; lower center: "Cupid in the Character of Bacchus, | Smile, Bacchus, and applaud thy prosp'rous Art; | The Beauty, toasted, will resign her Heart. | Each Vanquish'd Maid shall hence thy Trophy prove, | And sparkling Nectar grow the Food of Love, | Cupid be wise and brandish now the Glass; | What fires the Youth, must help to win the Lass."; lower right: "J. Faber fecit 1739"
- Credit Line:
- Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
- Copyright Status:
- Public Domain
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- Prints and Drawings
- Subject Terms:
- barrel | boy | carafe | drinking glass | food | god | jug | landscape | nude | pouring | religious and mythological subject | wine
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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. 41, no. 145, N12 W35 +A1 OVERSIZE (YCBA)
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Print made by John Faber the Younger, ca. 1695–1756, Netherlandish, active in Britain, Cupid in the Character of Bacchus, 1739
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