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Print made by Richard Houston, ca. 1721–1775
after Philippe Mercier, 1689 or 1691–1760
Domestic Amusement: Playing on the Guitar
Additional Title(s):

Domestic Amusement and Employment

Playing the Guitar
ca. 1760
Materials & Techniques:
Mezzotint on medium, moderately textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 12 5/8 × 9 13/16 inches (32.1 × 24.9 cm), Image: 11 11/16 × 9 13/16 inches (29.7 × 24.9 cm)

Inscribed on verso in graphite, lower left: "after Mercier"; lower right: "Engraved J Houston"; lower center: "Domestic amusement"; lower left: "CS 141 unrecorded state | before all letters"; in pen and brown ink, lower right: "S" or "JP" | "26"; lower left: "No. 198-05"

Collector's mark: Paul Mellon

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
figure study | genre subject | guitar | leisure | music
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IIIF Manifest:

Art and Music in Britain: Four Encounters, 1730-1900 (Yale Center for British Art, 2006-10-05 - 2006-12-31) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Pleasures and Pastimes (Yale Center for British Art, 1990-02-21 - 1990-04-29) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Painters and Engraving - The Reproductive Print from Hogarth to Wilkie (Yale Center for British Art, 1980-03-26 - 1980-06-22) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Timothy J. Barringer, Art & music in Britain : four encounters, 1730-1900, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2006, pp. 16, 18, V 1699 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Timothy J. Barringer, Art & music in Britain, four encounters, 1730-1900 (exhibition and label text) , New Haven, 2006, [p. 41], V 1699:1 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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. 147, N12 W35 +A1 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

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