- Also known as
primary name: Mercier, Dorothy
maiden name: Clapham, Dorothy
- individual; dealer/auction house; painter/draughtsman; British; Female
- Other dates
- 1735-1768 (fl.)
- The Golden Ball, Windmill Street, facing Silver Street, Golden Square, London (1763)
- Portrait painter, flower painter, miniaturist, and printseller. In 1735 married Philippe Mercier (q.v.); 1739-51, in York; exh. at Society of Artists in 1761. Ran print shop probably before her husband's death, and certainly continued it afterwards. Recorded as stockist on title page of William Chambers, "Gardens and Buildings at Kew".
Her trade card (Banks 100.69) describes her as "printseller and stationer" and lists a wide range of artists' materials, etc.for sale; the card includes a view of the interior of her shop with Mercier, herself, attending on clients. Photograph of a trade card in Heal Collection (Heal,100.51) advertising "Dorothy Mercier Stationer to the Society of Artists of Great Britain... Sells all Sorts of Italian, French, and Flemish Prints. Buys & Sells all manner of Old Prints. Likewise Frames Prints in the Neatest & Genteelest Taste. Where may be had all Sort of Papers for Drawing, &c. The Best Black Lead Pencils, Black, Red & White Chalk. Variety of Water Colours, and Camels Hair Pencils. The Best Dutch Sealing Wax. Sells Flower Pieces in Water Colours Painted by herself from the Life. And Fanns [sic] for Ladies in a New & Elegant Manner. Also all sorts of Shop Books, Finest Writing Paper, Both Gilt & Plain in all sizes. English, Dutch & French Drawing Papers, Abertive Vellum for Drawing, Writing Vellum, the Silk Paper for Drawing, with Different Sizes of Mesage [sic] Paper & Mesage Cards. Fine Black, Brown & Blue Indian Ink." Heal's annotations on mount: "Bill on back dated 1st June, 1765. Compare photograph of similar card in Banks' Collection in British Museum issued previous to Mrs. Mercier's appointment to the Society of Artists in 1764. The original of this trade card is in Lord Braybrook's household bills from Audley End - now in the Essex Record Office at Chelmsford. See back of mount."
Heal,100.52 is a photograph of a similar, but earlier trade card (possibly Banks D,2.3396), with identical text, but not including her eventual appointment as Stationer to The Society of Artists of Great Britain.