- Museum number
Object: The Swain's Amusement
Object: Rural Life
A boy playing a fife and drum, shown three-quarters length standing to left, glancing towards the viewer, wearing a frock coat, striped waistcoat and cockaded tricorn; landscape background; after Mercier.
- Production date
- 1748-1756 (circa)
Height: 327 millimetres
Width: 228 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Probably from a larger set: see 1885,0509.1548
States [recorded in the Lennox-Boyd database]
(i) lettered with the title as 'the Swain's Amusement' and 'Ph. Mercier pinxt // J. Faber fecit. // London, Printed for Rob.t Sayer, Map & Printseller, near Serjeants Inn Fleet Street.' [CS]
(ii) republished, title altered to 'Rural Life'
(iii) republished, publication line altered to 'London Printed for Rob.t Sayer, In.o Ryall & Rob.t Withy in Fleet Street.' [Russell]
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Acquired with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Friends of the British Museum, the Art Fund, Mrs Charles Wrightsman, the Michael Marks Charitable Trust, and numerous individual donors.
- Prints and Drawings
- Registration number