Black ink and wash on paper
Overall: 10 x 7 7/8 in. ( 25.4 x 20 cm )
inscription: lower center: "The Miser" signature: lower right: "P.Vanderlyn, Fecit"
Signed and inscribed at lower right outside image in black ink: "P. VANDERLYN. Fecit."; at center below image: "THE MISER" below in two columns: "From ample Bags ye. MISER pours his Store, / And counts the hoarded Guineas o'er & o'er, / With curious Eyes each splendid Piece surveys, / And then in Piles the shining Mammon lays. / Gold, glittering, precious, yellow Gold! he cries / Thee more than Father, Friend or Child prize. / When Folly frowns thou bendest Wisdoms knee, / And proud Ambition bares its Head to thee; / Foul thou makest fair, old young & wrong right, / Base noble, Cowards valiant, and black white / Thou art the universal good which all pursue. / The Christian, Pagan, Turch, & faithless Jew."
Beneath the picture is this verse, in two columns: "From ample Bags ye Miser pours his Store, And counts the hoarded Guineas o'er & o'er. With curious Eyes each splendid Piece Surveys, And then in Piles the shining Mammon lays. Gold, glitt'ring, precious, yellow Gold, he cries. Three more than Father, Friend or Childn I prize. When Folly frowns thou bendest Wisdoms knee, And proud ambition bares its Head to thee; Foul thou makest fair, old, young & wrong right, Base noble, Cowards valiant..."
Gift of Rodman C. Rockefeller
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