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Philippe Mercier, 1689 or 1691–1760, Franco-German, active in Britain (from 1716)

The Sense of Sight

1744 to 1747
Oil on canvas
Support (PTG): 52 x 60 1/2 inches (132.1 x 153.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
column (architectural element) | conversation piece | costume | genre subject | girls | globe (cartographic sphere) | Italianate | landscape | magnifying glass | man | map | mirror | Rococco style | senses | sight | telescope | women
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

1747, Richardson's Sale, Foundling Hospital dinner, Mercier, The Star, vertue III, 1933-34, p. 135, N12 W35 A1 + OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Christie's Sale Catalogue: Important English Pictures. Friday, 21 June 1974, Christie's, 1974, p. 46, No. 124, pl. 124, Sales Catalogues (YCBA)

Malcolm Cormack, A Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 158-159, N590.2 A83 (YCBA)

Stephen Daniels, Joseph Wright, Tate Publishing, London, 1999, NJ18 W95 D25 1999 (YCBA)

John Ingamells, A Catalogue of the Paintings, Drawings, and Etchings of Philip Mercier, Volume of the Walpole Society, vol. 46, Walpole Society, 1976-8, pp. 5, 62, no. 265, pl. 6c, N12 W35 +A1 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Joseph Monteyne, From still life to the screen, print culture, display, and the materiality of the image in eighteenth-century London , Yale University Press, New Haven, 2013, pp. 218-19, fig. 152, NE631.L66 M655 2013 (YCBA)

Paul Mellon's Legacy, a passion for British art. [large print labels] , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v. 3, N5220 M552 +P381 2007, Mellon Shelf (YCBA)

Robert Raines, Philip Mercier, 1689-1760, an exhibition of paintings and engravings. , Paul Mellon Foundation for British Art, London, 1969, p. 47, no. 49, NJ18 M5427 R35 (YCBA)

Elleen Reeves, Reading Maps, Word & Image, Vol. 9, No. 1, March 1993, pp. 57-65, PN53 W67 (YCBA)

David H. Solkin, Painting for money, the visual arts and the public sphere in eighteenth-century England , The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, New Haven, 1993, no. 77, N5205.7 G7 S65 1993 (YCBA)

Sotheby's sale catalogue : British Paintings 1500-1850 : 13 July 1988, Sotheby's, London, July 13, 1988, pp. 129-31, lot 85, Auction Catalogues (YCBA)

Jennifer Ullman, Philippe Mercier and The five senses, Yale Center for British Art. , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1990, V 0099 (YCBA)

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