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PHILIP MERCIER (1689-1740)

1789 to 1760, England

A Portrait of a Young Boy

Oil on canvas

41.30 x 32.80 cm    16.26 x 12.91 inches

Overall Framed Size
52.00 x 44.00 cm    20.47 x 17.32 inches

Provenance
Private Collection, California purchased from Lane Fine Art, London

A Portrait of a Young Boy

Philip Mercier was an important painter of great ability who was one of the first in England to adopt the work of Watteau, doing so in the 1720s. He was one of the innovators of the conversation piece from 1725 and to produce the domestic ‘fancy’ picture from 1730. Such innovations are in themselves enough to commend the artist to our attention.
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