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Fatherly Advice

Johann Georg Wille, German (active France), 1715 - 1808. After a painting by Gerard ter Borch the younger, Dutch (active Haarlem, London, Amsterdam, Zwolle, and Deventer), 1617 - 1681.

Made in Paris, France, Europe



Plate: 17 1/16 x 13 1/4 inches (43.3 x 33.6 cm) Sheet: 17 13/16 x 13 15/16 inches (45.2 x 35.5 cm)

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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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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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.