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  • In a lush garden with glimpses of a house and fountain beyond, a kneeling boy—whose identity as African or Asian remains unclear—presents a girl with a bunch of grapes. This mezzotint is based on a late seventeenth-century painting by Sir Peter Lely of Elizabeth Cooper, daughter of an eminent London print publisher. Whereas engravings after painted portraits usually retained the name of the sitter, Faithorne’s print shows how portraits could also be recast as generic images for a wider public audience. The composition closely follows Lely’s earlier portrait of Lady Charlotte Fitzroy; it replicates the kneeling boy while altering the girl’s features. A title and four lines of verse have been added that shift the emphasis away from Cooper’s specific likeness towards a generalized depiction of “beauty”: Beauty commands Submission as it’s due, Nor is’t the Slave alone that owns this true. Much fairer Youths shall this just Tribute pay, None Fate deplore, but thankfully obey. While the image explicitly contrasts the girl’s whiteness with the boy’s darker skin, the verse suggests that all (enslaved and free, black and white) will willingly submit to a natural order in which “beauty”—implied here to be European and white—reigns supreme.
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  • Bibliograpic reference :: Catherine Molineux, Faces of perfect ebony, encountering Atlantic slavery in imperial Britain, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2012, pp. 32, 33, fig. 1.3, DA125.N4 M65 2012 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Figures of empire : slavery and portraiture in eighteenth-century Atlantic Britain, organized by the Yale Center for British Art and curated by Esther Chadwick and Meredith Gamer, PhD candidates in the History of Art at Yale University and Cyra Levenson,, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2014, p. 41, V 2556 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: The Image of the Black in Western Art, From the " Age of Discovery " to the Age of Aboloition Artists of the Renaissance and Baroque, vol. 3, part 1, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA; London, England, 2010, pp. 265, 266, pl. 149, N8232 I42 2010 vol.3,part 1 + OVERSIZE (YCBA) , Citation is to Volume 3, Part 1
  • Component of series :: Portraits of Ladies in Mezzotints
  • Dimension height :: 31.8cm
  • Dimension height :: 32.0cm
  • Dimension height :: 34.8cm
  • Dimension width :: 25.7cm
  • Dimension width :: 25.8cm
  • Exhibition :: Figures of Empire
  • Located in :: New Haven
  • Located in :: Not on view
  • Located in :: Yale Center for British Art
  • Object type :: intaglio print
  • Subject Concept :: beauty
  • Subject Concept :: child
  • Subject Concept :: garden
  • Subject Concept :: genre subject
  • Subject Concept :: girl
  • Subject Concept :: grapes
  • Subject Concept :: lady
  • Subject Concept :: landscape
  • Subject Concept :: mezzotint
  • Subject Concept :: portrait
  • Subject Concept :: servant
  • Subject Concept :: slave
  • Subject Concept :: tree
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  • Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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  • Beauty's Tribute (Elizabeth Cooper)
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