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Creator:
Print made by John Faber the Younger, ca. 1695–1756, Netherlandish, active in Britain
Published 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)
Title:

The Choice

Date:
1737
Medium:
Mezzotint on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Dimensions:
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), and Image: 9 3/16 x 13 15/16 inches (23.4 x 35.4 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Inscribed in graphite, on back, center left: "#50"; on back, lower left: "S 412"; on back, 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:
B1970.3.893
Classification:
Prints
Collection:
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
Access:
View by request in the Study Room
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:22584
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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. 56, no. 239, N12 W35 +A1 OVERSIZE (YCBA)


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