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The Mirror—Serena, and Flirtilla

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The Mirror—Serena, and Flirtilla

18th century
340 x 253 mm (13.4 x 10 in.)

John Raphael Smith, British (English), (1751–1812)

Alternative title: The Mirror
Object Type: print
Medium and Support: Stipple engraving printed in brown-black ink on laid paper
Print impression quality: Good
Edition: Scratched-letter proof; editioned print is inscribed: “Now pluck the rose, Flirtillas mirror cries/ Spring is Loves Season, and he bids ‘Be gay’/ Serenas mirror whispers, ‘Maid be wise’/ Tis thus you'll find that every month is May.”
Marks: Inscribed: “Design’d by J.R. Smith / Published Febr 12 1782 by J.R. Smith” with address
Bibliography: John Raphael Smith catalog (British Museum) cat. no. 29 as "The Mirror"; Frankau 242.
Credit Line: Weedon Endowment funds, 1993
Accession Number: 1993.27.1

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  • female genre
  • 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.]
  • mirrors - Use for objects with a highly polished surface, often framed, which are designed to reflect images.
  • oval images

  • plate Dimensions: 340 x 253 mm (13.4 x 10 in.)

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