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Frederick Lewis, Prince of Wales

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Frederick Lewis, Prince of Wales, by Philip Mercier, circa 1735-1736 - NPG 2501 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Frederick Lewis, Prince of Wales

by Philip Mercier
oil on canvas, circa 1735-1736
48 3/4 in. x 39 1/2 in. (1238 mm x 1003 mm)
Bequeathed by Miss Lillie Belle Randell, 1931
Primary Collection
NPG 2501


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  • Philip Mercier (1691-1760), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 26 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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Frederick, Prince of Wales did not move to England until 1728. The following year he appointed the German-born Philip Mercier (1691-1760) as his 'Principal Portrait Painter'. Mercier, who later worked in York, was responsible for introducing the rococo style from France. This can be seen in this elegant and informal portrait of the Prince. A departure from more stolid royal portraits, Mercier's work spoke volumes about the Prince's passion for art and his fierce opposition to the King. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).

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