Philip Mercier The Schutz Family and their Friends on a Terrace 1725

Artwork details

Artist
Philip Mercier ?1689–1760
Title
The Schutz Family and their Friends on a Terrace
Date 1725
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1022 x 1257 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1980
Reference
T03065
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1650

Display caption

In this emblematic marriage portrait, the groom in the centre, probably Augustus Schutz, leads his bride towards his family as she takes a backward glance at her own.Several members of the Schutz family held positions at the court of Hanover and it may be that this portrait also acts as an endorsement of the legitimacy of the Hanoverian succession. Thus, the orange tree in the garden urn may symbolise William III and the House of Orange, while the white horse could represent the House of Hanover, whose heraldic device was a horse courant argent (a silver or white running horse).

May 2007

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