Ph. Mercier Pinxt. Richd Houston Fecit. [Innocence.]
An original Mezzotint with small margins, printed for Robt Sayer, Map & Printseller, opposite Fetter Lane, Fleet Street, very fine, c.1750. platemark 355 x 255 mm.
Proof before letters; very scarce, uncleaned title area. Collector's stamp of the Late Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd verso.
Young girl holding a crook under her arm, a lamb beside her. Originally issued as a pair with another plate, 'Pride', in which a girl with a peacock's feather in her hair is shown besides a peacock. After a 'fancy picture' by Philip Mercier (1691-1760), Berlin-born painter and etcher who worked in London, York and Portugal.