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Professor Melissa Percival



with Wilson B, Chu J, Postle M, Chu PT, Hémery A, Figures de fantaisie dans la peinture européenne du XVIe au XVIIIe siecles, Paris, Somogy, 2015.

Fragonard and the Fantasy Figure: Painting the Imagination, Farnham, Surrey/ Burlington, Vermont, Ashgate, 2011.

Physiognomy in Profile: Lavater's Impact on European Culture, Newark, NJ, University of Delaware Press, 2005.

The Appearance of Character: Physiognomy and Facial Expression in Eighteenth-Century France, Leeds, Modern Humanities Research Association, 1999.


Taste and Trade: The Drinking Portraits of Alexis Grimou, The Art bulletin, College Art Association, 2018

Fragonard's Reverse Whodunnit and Other Tales of Relocation, Art History: journal of the Association of Art Historians, vol. 1, no. 37, Associationa of Art Historians (& Wiley Online Library), 2014, 169-174

Donning the Friar's Habit: Portraits of Mademoiselle de Charolais as a Franciscan, Art History: journal of the Association of Art Historians, vol. 37, no. 5, Association of Art Historians (& Wiley Online Library), 2014, 890-911

Sentimental Poses in the Souvenirs of Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun., French Studies, vol. 57, no. 2, 2003, 149-165

Johann Caspar Lavater: Physiognomy and Connoisseurship., British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 26, no. 1, 2003, 77-90

The Expressive Heads of Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun, Gazette des beaux-arts, vol. 138, no. 1594, 2001, 203-215


Fantasy Figures, in Broomhill S (eds) Emotions in Early Modern Europe: An Introduction, London: Routledge, 2016

Less is More: Imagining the Face in the Eighteenth Century, in Klein T, Porath E (eds) Figuren des Ausdrucks: Formation einer Wissenskategorie zwischen 1700 und 1850, Berlin: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2011

The Image of the 'Actor': Fictional Portraits and Blurred Identities in French Painting, in Ionescu C, Schellenberg R (eds) Word and Image in the Eighteenth Century, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars’ Publishing, 2008, 190-209

Fragonard and Pastiche: The Case of the Girl in Spanish Costume at Dulwich., in Mallinson J (eds) Enlightenment and Tradition; Women's Studies; Montesquieu, Voltaire Foundation, 2007, 47-64

Graffigny et La Font de Saint Yenne, in Mallinson J (eds) Françoise de Graffigny, femme de lettres: écriture et réception, Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2004, 179-109

Ecstatic Virgins and Bearded Mystics: Some Examples of the Expressive Head in French Art, in , Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2001, 429-444

Greuze's Heads and the Dissolution of the Genres, in Prest J, Thompson H (eds) Corporeal Practices: (Re)figuring the Body in French Studies, Bern: Peter Lang, 2000, 45-60

L'Anecdote dans la critique d'art: l'exemple des 'Mémoires secrets', in Cook M, Plagnol-Diéval M-E (eds) Anecdotes, faits-divers, contes, nouvelles 1700-1820, Bern: Peter Lang, 2000, 207-225

The 'Jeu de Physionomie', or Pathognomical Proteus, in , Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2000, 121-129


with Hemery A, Figures de Fantaisie dans la peinture européenne XVIe au XVIIIe siecles. painting. (21st Nov 2015 - 28th Feb 2016)