Artist Philippe Mercier, English, 1689-1760
  • Playing Soldier
Date ca. 1743
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 49 1/2 × 41 1/4 inches (125.7 × 104.8 cm)
Framed: 59 1/4 × 50 × 3 1/2 inches (150.5 × 127 × 8.9 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase with funds from Mr. and Mrs. Edgar B. Whitcomb
Accession Number 50.253
Department European Painting
Not On View
Signed Signed, upper left, on tree trunk: Ph. Mercier f.
collection Miss Mary Mackenzie.
(Koester Gallery, London, England).
1949-1950, (Dr. Siegfried Aram);
1950-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA) with funds from Mr. and Mrs. Edgar B. Whitcomb
York Courant. July 19, 1743.

Wescher, P. "Philippe Mercier and the French Artists in London," Art Quarterly, vol. 14, no. 3 (1951): pp. 178-94, (repr.) [as Group Portrait].

Grigaut, P. "Year End Report." Bulletin of the DIA 30, nos. 3 and 4 (1950-51): pp. 70-72, (repr.).

Richardson, E. P. Catalogue of the Whitcomb Gifts. Detroit, 1954, pp. 44-45, (repr.).

Carolina Tercentenary Exhibition. Exh. cat., North Carolina Museum of Art. Raleigh, 1963, no. 82.

Rosenberg, P. The Age of Louis XV. Exh. cat., Toledo Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, National Gallery of Canada. Toledo, Chicago, Ottowa, 1975-1976, no. 69, p. 57, pl. 65 [as L'education du chien (Training the Dog) 1744].

Ingemells, J. & R. Raines, "A Catalogue of the Paintings, Drawings and Etchings of Philippe Mercier," Walpole Society, vol. 46. 1978, pp. 9, 56, no. 238, (repr.) pl. 10b [as Three Children Setting a Dog Sentinel- children designated as three elder children of Frederick Prince of Wales].

The New Child: The Origins of Modern Childhood in English Art: 1730-1830. Exh. cat., University Art Museum and Pacific Film, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Joslyn Art Museum. Berkeley, Memphis, Omaha, 1995-1996, pp. 77, 203, pl. 49.