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The larking cull.

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • The larking cull.
  • Description

    Two young lovers on a couch in a bedroom interior, the man kneeling above the woman, who presses her breasts to his member as he reaches back to touch her; dresser behind to left, large mirror to right.
    Etching with stipple

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1800 (c.)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 165 millimetres (trimmed)
    • Width: 103 millimetres (trimmed)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below with title and ten lines of verse, beginning: 'While on the bed the nymphs reclined / Damons resolv'd to please his mind.'
  • Curator's comments

    See also 1977,U.507.6.

  • Bibliography

    • Schiff 38 bibliographic details
  • Location

    British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy

  • Subjects

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number



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