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Painting Title Miss Adams
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Mercier, Philippe (French painter, 1689-1760, active in England)
Date 1741 (dated)
Signed yes
Description A half-length portrait of a girl in a yellow dress, who is depicted sitting in a green chair with her right arm on a table. 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 work of Antoine Watteau, and is sometimes described as his follower. The portrait was painted by Mercier while he was in Yorkshire. Nothing is known about the depicted lady apart from her traditional surname; she was probably a member of the Little family, who presented the picture.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 49
Inscription front ll (on table edge) ‘Ph. Mercier f. / 1741.’
Subject portrait
Measurements 91.4 x 71.5 cm
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Col. Little, York 1887.
Provenance By descent in the Little family.
Principal Exhibitions Yorkshire Fine Art and Industrial Institution, Summer Exhibition, York, 1888, no. 203; Peintures Anglaises des Collections d'York et du Yorkshire, Dijon, 1957, no. 6; English Portraits, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 1975, no. 12.
Publications Jacob, J., Peintures anglaises des collections d'York et du Yorkshire, Dijon, 1957, cat. 6; York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings vol. II: English School 1500-1850, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1963, p. 67; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 310.
Notes The painting was exhibited in York in 1888 as 'Portrait of Miss Adams', there is a label on back of the the stretcher.
Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka



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