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Painting Title Portrait of a Gentleman
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Mercier, Philippe (French painter, 1689-1760, active in England)
Date 1746 (dated)
Signed yes
Description An oval portrait depicting a half-length figure looking half right dressed in a brown coat with a white stock. B.R. Hartley noticed the resemblance of the sitter to Thomas Griffith's father and half-brother, so he suggested that it could be in fact a portrait of Thomas Griffith, the Governor of the Castle of York from around early 1730 to June 1746, who died in the prison in November 1751. The portrait was painted by Mercier while he was in Yorkshire. Philippe Mercier was born in Berlin of French extraction; he travelled in Italy and France before arriving in London probably in 1715 or 1716. He was familiar with the work of Antoine Watteau, and is sometimes described as his follower.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 1007
Inscription front lr ‘Ph. Mercier fecit / An°. 1746’
Subject portrait
Measurements 73.6 x 62.2 cm
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from C. Hook, York 1962.
Publications York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings vol. II: English School 1500-1850, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1963, p. 88, pl. 21; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 311.
Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka
 

 

 

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