The Sleepy Maid
Printed for Rob.t Sayer, No. 53 in Fleet Street.
Mezzotint with very large margins. Platemark 155 x 115mm (6 x 4½"). Faint crease lower left. Small stain in lower right margin.
Girl sits sleeping, a needle in her left hand and cloth held in her right. Plates and funnel on shelf behind. Engraved after Philip Mercier (1691-1761), who spent much of his career in London. 'While he found plentiful employment as a portrait painter, he [Mercier] also produced an increasing number of fancy pieces, reminiscent of Chardin. These addressed a popular market and included literary illustrations, domestic scenes, groups of children, and sets of, for example, the Seasons, the Times of Day, and the Senses' (DNB).
Ex: collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; not in BM.
[Ref: 33812] £160.00