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Melissa Percival

July - August 2004

Melissa Percival is senior lecturer in French at the University of Exeter and author of The Appearance of Character: Physiognomy and Facial Expression in Eighteenth-Centry France (Exeter, 1999), and co-editor of Physiognomy in Profile: Lavater's Impact on European Culture (Newark, Delaware, 2004). Her main research interests are in the art, literature, and visual culture of eighteenth-century France, and she plans to spend her time at the Clark completing a monograph, Fragonard: Imagination and the Single Figure, offering a new interpretation of Jean-Honore Fragonard's enigmatic figures de fantaisie by situating them in the broad context of single-figure paintings in European art from the late sixteenth to the early nineteenth century.

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