- Museum number
- Object: Morning
A fashionably dressed young woman, shown three-quarters length seated to left, eyes to front, breakfasting at round table in her bedroom, holding up a small cup in her right hand, her left on a cloth at the edge of the tray which is laden with a dish containing thin biscuits another cup and a bowl, teapot, milk-jug and sugar-bowl with tongs.
Mezzotint with some etching
- Production date
- 1750 (circa)
Height: 356 millimetres
Width: 253 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- From a set of the four times of day, after lost paintings by Mercier. (Ingamells & Raines 194-7, known only from the prints). They were also engraved by J.S. Negges, c. 1755-60.
Three states are known for Morning and Night, as below; though no impressions of the second state are recorded for Noon and Afternoon, they probably had the same history. A glass-print of Noon which is clearly dated 1750 was sold at Christie's South Kensington, 26/9/2001, Lot 503 (information from the Lennox-Boyd database). This suggests that there might have been a state between (i) and (ii) dated 1750, and that the whole set can be ascribed to that year. For proofs before letters from all the plates, see 1886,0617.22-25.
(i) finished proof before letters
(ii) published 1758; lettered 'Ph Mercier pinxt. // Publish'd according to Act of Parliament Jany 1758 // Rich.d Houston Fecit // London, Printed for Rob.t Sayer opposite Fetter Lane Fleet Street, Price s.1 [sic] 6d.', with the title and four lines of verse in two columns either side; priced in
(iii) republished 1760; date altered to 'January 1760' and price erased; reworked
- 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.
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