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Frank Brian Mercer (1927–1998)

© Salvador Dali, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, DACS 2020. Photo credit: The Royal Society

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Three-quarter-length seated portrait of Brian Mercer, his body covered by a draped white sheet, only his right hand and head visible. Situated on a grey plain with distant hills and a clear blue sky above. To the left. as viewed, is an arched rock outcrop with a smaller equivalent in grey to the right. The chair is painted as grey, liquid swirls, the head of which contains the face of a woman in profile, regarding Mercer’s face.

The Royal Society





oil on canvas


H 110 x W 94 cm

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bequeathed by the sitter, 1998

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The Royal Society

6–9 Carlton House Terrace, London, Greater London SW1Y 5AG England

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