Philip MercierA Music Party c.1737-40

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Artist
Philip Mercier (?1689‑1760)
Title
A Music Party
Date c.1737-40
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1026 x 1270 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1967
Reference
T00922
Not on display

Summary

This is one of several pictures by Mercier of small musical assemblies. In the centre a young woman dressed in white plays a small harpsichord. A man, seated, playing a violoncello, a standing youth with a violin, and two other males, presumably singers, provide accompaniment. In the lower right foreground a seated male dressed in red raises his left arm, an indication perhaps that he is the director of the consort. Behind him, seated, are two ladies and a courting couple. The classical setting, with fluted pilasters, and a rounded arch, is one that Mercier uses in other musical assemblies and is drawn principally from the artist's imagination rather than any specific location.

Mercier came to London from France in 1716, working initially as a picture dealer as well as a painter… (read more)

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