Mercer’s Paintings

For the first time, a book of Cavalié Mercer’s paintings is available in the UK exclusively though this site.


Mercer referred to these paintings as his “souvenirs”. While posted in Halifax, Mercer painted nearly 80 watercolours of the area between 1838 and 1842.

Halifax in Watercolour showcases 50 of Mercer’s best sketches, including paintings of the Citadel, the Commons, Artillery Park, Bedford Basin, Dartmouth, and the Northwest Arm. Additional photographs, maps, and historical context from author Glenn Devanney help the reader situate the site of the painting in the present-day. This is Halifax and history as it was before photographs, a visual treasure trove of the time.

For more information and to secure your copy, take a look here.