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Modern Love / Courtship

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1859,0709.673

  • Title (object)

    • Courtship

    Title (series)

    • Modern Love
  • Description

    A lady in profile to the right seated in a wood, while a man dressed as a military officer lying at her feet, kisses her left hand. Behind (left) an old woman points out the couple to an elderly man, apparently the lady's rather, who scowls at them. On a high pedestal (right) inscribed "Omnia Vincit Amor" is a statue of Venus, with Cupid beside her; he aims an arrow at the lovers, while he tramples on a crown at his feet. A dog licks the lady's left hand. Beside her on the ground is a flute and an open book of music on which are the words, "Affettuoso

    Each Art he tried the fair One's Heart to move
    He sigh'd, & kist, & swore eternal Love."

    Beside the book is a paper inscribed, "La Lettione del l'Amore A favourite Duet compos'd by Sigr Pianissimo".
    A peacock (left) pecks at a basket of grapes. 24 June 1782
    Etching and engraving

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1766
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 409 millimetres
    • Width: 463 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below image with title, "Engraved after an original picture of Mr John Collett, in the Possession of Mr. Bradford", with production detail: "J. Collett pinxit", "J. Goldar Sculpsit" and publication line: "Publish'd June 24th. 1782 by John Boydell Engraver in Cheapside London", with the size of the picture at lower left; above image: "Modern Love, Plate I"
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
    One of a series of four prints, see BMSat 6149-51.

    (Supplementary information)
    The paintings were exhibited by Collet at the Free Society in 1763 and are now in the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. This plate was originally published by Thomas Bradford, 25 Jan 1966

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  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 6148 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British Masters Portfolio)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1859

  • Acquisition notes

    1859,0709.637 to 723 are the contents of the dispersed 'volume containing 95 prints' after various artists, deposited by Evans on 21 April 1859. It was registered as a volume of 'prints published by John Boydell', which implies that they are all Boydell reprints of earlier plates.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1859,0709.673

A lady in profile to the right seated in a wood, while a man dressed as a military officer lying at her feet, kisses her left hand. Behind (left) an old woman points out the couple to an elderly man, apparently the lady's rather, who scowls at them. On a high pedestal (right) inscribed "Omnia Vincit Amor" is a statue of Venus, with Cupid beside her; he aims an arrow at the lovers, while he tramples on a crown at his feet. A dog licks the lady's left hand. Beside her on the ground is a flute and an open book of music on which are the words, "Affettuoso    Each Art he tried the fair One's Heart to move   He sigh'd, & kist, & swore eternal Love."     Beside the book is a paper inscribed, "La Lettione del l'Amore A favourite Duet compos'd by Sigr Pianissimo".  A peacock (left) pecks at a basket of grapes.  24 June 1782  Etching and engraving

Recto

A lady in profile to the right seated in a wood, while a man dressed as a military officer lying at her feet, kisses her left hand. Behind (left) an old woman points out the couple to an elderly man, apparently the lady's rather, who scowls at them. On a high pedestal (right) inscribed "Omnia Vincit Amor" is a statue of Venus, with Cupid beside her; he aims an arrow at the lovers, while he tramples on a crown at his feet. A dog licks the lady's left hand. Beside her on the ground is a flute and an open book of music on which are the words, "Affettuoso Each Art he tried the fair One's Heart to move He sigh'd, & kist, & swore eternal Love." Beside the book is a paper inscribed, "La Lettione del l'Amore A favourite Duet compos'd by Sigr Pianissimo". A peacock (left) pecks at a basket of grapes. 24 June 1782 Etching and engraving

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