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The Moralist

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The Moralist

18th century
456 x 328 mm (18 x 12.9 in.)

William Nutter, British (English), (1754–1802)
After John Raphael Smith, British (English), (1751–1812)

Object Type: print
Medium and Support: Stipple engraving printed in brown ink on laid paper
Print impression quality: Good
Edition: Published 12 February 1787 by Smith, No. 31 King Street, Covent Garden
Marks: Inscribed: “Painted by J. R. Smith Engraved by W. Nutter / Let Youth pluck the rose & a wreath let him weave / While wet with the dew of the morn; / But alas he will find when with me at the eve, / That the rose left behind it a thorn. / The pluck’t rose is the classical emblem of death, / Tis the mirror we hold to the fair, / It teaches how Virtue embalmeth the breath, / But if pluck't—it empoisons the air / [?W]”; 15 January 1805 by Molteno
Marks: Watermark: No watermark
Provenance / Collectors' Marks: From a collection in southern Germany that descended in the family of an eighteenth-century collector of more than 3,000 English prints; purchased through Nigel Talbot, Grosvenor Prints, on auction at Sotheby’s, 13 November 1997.
Bibliography: Smith cat. no. 151.
Credit Line: Friends of the Davison Art Center funds, 1997
Accession Number: 1997.16.7

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  • genre - Use for pictorial representations, which may be in various media, that represent scenes or events from everyday life; usually used with another term such as "paintings" or "prints." [April 1991 descriptor moved.]

  • plate Dimensions: 456 x 328 mm (18 x 12.9 in.)

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