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Creator:
William Woollett, 1735–1785, British
after George Smith, 1714–1776, British
Title:

The Rural Cott

Date:
1797
Medium:
Engraving on india paper, proof on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream, wove paper, with chine collé
Dimensions:
Sheet: 19 1/8 × 24 1/8 inches (48.6 × 61.3 cm), Plate: 17 1/2 × 21 7/8 inches (44.5 × 55.6 cm), Chine collé: 16 15/16 × 21 3/8 inches (43 × 54.3 cm), and Image: 15 1/4 × 20 5/8 inches (38.7 × 52.4 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Lettered, lower center: "The RURAL COTT. | Engraved after an Original Picture of Mr. GEO. SMITH, in the Possession of Mr. Bradford."; lettered, lower left: "G. Smith pinxt. | 'Tis done!... dread WINTER spreads his latest glooms. | And reigns tremendous o'er the conquer'd Year. | How dead the Vegetable Kingdom lies! | How dunb the Tuneful! Horror wide extends | His desolate Domain.-"; lettered, lower right: "Wm. Woollett Sculpt." | ----Behold, fond Man! | See here thy pictur'd life, pass some few Years, | Thy Flowering Spring, thy Summers ardent Strength, | Thy sober Autumn fading into Age, | And pale concluding Winter comes at last, | And shuts the Scene."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1978.43.307
Classification:
Prints
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Access:
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:42059
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