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CITTERN - MEZZOTINT ENGRAVING

Houston, Richard

"Domestic Amusement".

London & New York, First half of the 18th century. 14" x 10" sc. (35.6 cm x 25 cm), cropped to just beyond the plate marks. Excellent condition. In an antique ebonized and beaded frame.
A fine mezzotint by the Irish engraver Richard Houston after the French painter and etcher Philippe Mercier (1689-1760), both of whom worked in London. Entitled Domestic Amusement. Playing on the Guitar, it is a portrait of an elegant lady playing a typical 10-string English cittern, a common instrument during that period and which is basically a guitar.
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