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Philip Mercier

 (1689/91 - 1760)
Philip Mercier was active/lived in France.  Philip Mercier is known for Portrait and genre painting.

Biography   Philip Mercier


Philip Mercier was born in Berlin to French Hugenot parents.  Mercier studied in Germany under Antoine Pesne, who was the First Painter to the King and an avid follower of the painter of fêtes galantes, Antoine Watteau.

Following a sojourn through Italy and France, Mercier arrived in London around 1716, where he settled permanently.  A successful portraitist, genre painter and printmaker, Mercier became the protégé of Frederick, Prince of Wales.  He settled in York in 1739 and remained there for the next twelve years, painting portraits of the local gentry and making fancy pictures often inspired by the works of Chardin.


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ALLEGORIES OF THE FIVE SENSES: HEARING, SMELL, SIGHT, TASTE AND TOUCH (5)
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A MUSICAL PARTY
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A young woman, in a fawn dress, seated on a chaise longue in an interior, removing her right stocking, an oval portrait of a gentleman, traditionally identified as the 'Young Pretender', on the wall beyond
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