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Creator:
Print made 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 Swain's Amusement

Additional Title(s):

A Young Male Playing Drum and Fife

Part Of:

Collective Title: Rural Life

Date:
between 1748 and 1756
Medium:
Mezzotint on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 14 3/16 x 10 1/4 inches (36 x 26 cm), Plate: 12 15/16 x 8 7/8 inches (32.8 x 22.5 cm), and Image: 11 3/8 x 8 3/4 inches (28.9 x 22.3 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

collector's stamp of the Paul Mellon Collection, in blue ink, on back, center, within two concentric circles: "PAUL MELLON | COLLECTION"

Lettered in black ink, lower left: "Ph: Mercier Pinxt."; lower center: "Rural Life."; lower right: "J. Faber fecit."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1977.14.11959
Classification:
Prints
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
bow (costume accessory) | boy | child | costume | drum (musical instrument) | fife | figure study | frock coat | genre subject | music | peasant | rural | tricorne | waistcoat
Access:
Accessible by request in the Study Room [Request]
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:52065
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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. 46, no. 193, N12 W35 +A1 OVERSIZE (YCBA)


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