Philip Mercier (1689-1760)

Artist Name Philip Mercier (1689-1760)
Title Portrait of a Girl with Basket of Flowers
Description This charming 18th century Old Master cartouche portrait oil painting is attributed to the circle of Philip Mercier. Painted circa 1740 the composition is a three quarter length portrait of a young girl holding a wicker basket of flowers. She is clothed in a white dress and beautiful blue silk shawl and is situated in a landscape. A very lovely British Old Master portrait oil painting.
Provenance Christies.
Medium Oil on Canvas
Size 25 x 30 inches
Frame Housed in an ornate gilt carved 18th century frame, 38 inches by 33 inches and in good condition.
Condition Good condition.
Biography Philippe Mercier (also known as Philip Mercier; 1689-1760) was a French painter and etcher, who lived principally and was active in England. He was born in Berlin of French extraction, the son of a Huguenot tapestry-worker. He studied painting at the Akademie der Wissenschaften of Berlin and later under Antoine Pesne, who had arrived in Berlin in 1710. Later, he travelled in Italy and France before arriving in London,recommended by the Court at Hannover, probably in 1716. He married in London in 1719 and lived in Leicester Fields. He was appointed principal painter and librarian to the Prince and Princess of Wales at their independent establishment in Leicester Fields, and while he was in favour he painted various portraits of royalty, and no doubt many of the nobility and gentry.
Price £12000
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