Philip Mercier(1691-1760), Portrait painter
Sitter in 3 portraits
Artist associated with 26 portraits
Berlin-born Mercier studied at the city's Akademie der Künste and also under Antoine Pesne. From 1711 he was court painter to Frederick I of Prussia, brother-in-law of George. In 1728, Frederick was made Prince of Wales in London. Mercier was commissioned to paint a series of whole-length portraits of the prince and his sisters, Princesses Anne, Amelia, and Caroline. He was appointed as the prince's principal painter. Mercier left the prince's service in 1736. He moved to York, where he had a successful career as a portrait painter. He produced a large number of pieces for engraving in London, including literary illustrations, domestic scenes and groups of children.