Johann Georg Wille, German (active France), 1715 - 1808. After a painting by Gerard ter Borch, Dutch (active Haarlem, London, Amsterdam, Zwolle, and Deventer), 1617 - 1681.
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Scenes of everyday life by seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish painters exerted a considerable influence on eighteenth-century French artists and were much copied by printmakers. Jean-Georges Wille's engraving of Gerard ter Borch's painting was published with the moralizing title Paternal Advice, but in the seventeenth century the painting's subject was easily understood as love for hire: a soldier propositioning a young woman while a procuress sits at his side.