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Dolce far Niente
Plate from an album of prints privately published by members of The Etching Club (London, 1839)

Henry James Townsend, British, 1810 - 1890. Published by Etching Club, London.

Made in London, England, Europe


Etching with plate tone

Plate: 7 1/16 x 4 3/4 inches (18 x 12 cm) Sheet: 14 15/16 x 10 7/8 inches (38 x 27.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
The Muriel and Philip Berman Gift, acquired from the John S. Phillips bequest of 1876 to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, with funds contributed by Muriel and Philip Berman, gifts (by exchange) of Lisa Norris Elkins, Bryant W. Langston, Samuel S. White 3rd and Vera White, with additional funds contributed by John Howard McFadden, Jr., Thomas Skelton Harrison, and the Philip H. and A.S.W. Rosenbach Foundation, 1985

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An Italian phrase literally meaning "sweet doing nothing," dolce far niente describes a way of enjoying life's pleasures without a care.