You may have known that Henry Mercer collected tools, but did you know he also collected early prints? There are around one thousand framed prints on the walls of Henry Mercer’s home at Fonthill Castle and an additional six thousand in storage, including many from the nineteenth century. Two names commonly found on Mercer’s artwork include English printmaker William Hogarth (1697-1764) and German artist and printmaker Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528).
Mercer’s private study at Fonthill Castle displays a series of prints by Dürer, including “St. Jerome in His Study”. St. Jerome’s eclectic study parallels Henry Mercer’s in many ways, including the skull on the windowsill, echoing the skull on the fireplace in Mercer’s own study.
Visit Fonthill Castle to see more of Henry Mercer’s extensive print collection. Tickets at mercermuseum.org.