appointed master-keeper of the lions in the Tower. In these easy circumstances he was not very assiduous in his profession.
of French extraction, but born at Berlin, studied there in the academy and under Monsieur Pesne. After visiting France and Italy he went to Hanover, where he drew Prince Frederic's picture, which he brought to England, and when his royal highness came over, Mercier was appointed his painter, became a favourite, and was taken into his service and household; and by the prince's order drew several of the royal family, particularly the three eldest princesses, which pictures were published in mezzotinto. After nine years he lost the favour of the Prince of Wales, and was dismissed from his service. At first he talked of quitting his profession, retired into the country, 1 and bought a small estate ; but soon returned and took a house in Covent- garden, painting portraits and pictures of familiar life in a genteel style of his own, and with a little of Watteau, in whose manner there is an etching of Mercier and his wife and two of their children. There is another print of his daughter. Children too and their sports he painted for prints. From London he went to York, and met with encouragement, and for a short time to Portugal and Ireland; and died July 18, 1760, aged seventy-one.
of Antwerp, son of a painter who had long resided in England, but who had settled and died in Rouen. The son came over young, and studied under Tillemans, and afterwards copied Watteau and Paulo Panini. He painted landscape, figures, and conversations, and particularly the amusements of children. He was much employed by Lord Cobham at Stowe, and by the late Earl of Tilney. He died____________________