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 Mercier, Philippe (French painter, 1689-1760, active in England) , Woman with Bird

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Title Woman with Bird
Alternative Title The Element of Air (part of The Four Elements)
Collection Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Artist Mercier, Philippe (French painter, 1689-1760, active in England)
Previously attributed to manner of Ramsay, Allan (Scottish painter and writer, 1713-1784)
Date Earliest possibly about 1720
Date Latest possibly 1760
Description This painting of a young lady with goldfinch is typical of Mercier's work. He originated the fancy picture (sentimental portrayals of figures in idealized domestic settings) and the conversation piece in England. Influenced by the art of Watteau and the ‘fêtes galantes', the still-lifes of Boucher and, in choice of subject, the Dutch, Mercier was concerned to please. This portrayal of a young lady looking at a bird which flies to outstretched hand on left side, could be a part of a set of the four elements (all at Dumfries), this one symbolizing the element of air. Mercier, concerned with the anecdotal, innocent, and often allegorical story telling, had produced a similar series in his Five Senses.
Current Accession Number DUMFM:1959.90.14
Former Accession Number 4357
Subject figure; allegory (air)
Measurements 91.5 x 71 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given 1959.
Rights Owner Dumfries Museum
Author Dr Georgia Toutziari



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