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Print made by John Faber the Younger, ca. 1695–1756
Published by John Faber the Younger, ca. 1695–1756
after Philippe Mercier, 1689 or 1691–1760
The Choice
Materials & Techniques:
Mezzotint on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 10 5/8 x 15 1/8 inches (27 x 38.4 cm), Plate: 9 15/16 x 14 inches (25.2 x 35.5 cm), Image: 9 3/16 x 13 15/16 inches (23.4 x 35.4 cm)

Inscribed on verso in graphite, center left: "#50"; lower left: "S 412"; lower right: "The Choice | J. Faber"

Lettered in black ink, lower left: "By Pray'r, but More by Gold, the Miser-Swain | Would tempt ye Nymph to Love, but tempts in vain: | P. Mercier Pinxt. I. Faber fecit."; lower center: "More king she seems the Rustic Boor to prize, | With all the Gust of Passion in his Eyes: | The First, on hopes of Gain alone would move; | The Latter, on mere Nature founds his Love:"; lower right: "This Picture hence this Moral may Impart | Nature's the Surest Guide to reach the Heart. | Sold by I. Faber at the Golden Head by Bloomsbury Church"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
arch | church | coins | collar | costume | courtship | drapery | genre subject | gesture | gown | hats | leisure | men | nobility | purse | sack | steeple | table | woman | wooing
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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. 56, no. 239, N12 W35 +A1 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

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