Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of Anthony Devis (c.1729-1816) 1745c.

Arthur Devis 

Portrait of Anthony Devis (c.1729-1816), Arthur Devis
Oil on canvas
18th Century
5 x 3 3/4 inches 12.7.x 9.5 cm
Mrs C. Tupper; her sale Christie's May 22nd 1936 wrongly as Arthur William Devis; Thomas Agnew and Son; Private Collection, London.
Stephen Sartin Polite Society by Arthur Devis Catalogue of the exhibition Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston and National Portrait Gallery, London, 1983 p.70 sub. catalogue 64.
The small-scale portraiture of Arthur Devis is a fascinating window on the life of the successful middle-classes and gentry during the 1740s and 1750s, and this portrait of the painter's brother turns the artist's polite and enquiring gaze upon his own family.
Philip Mould Ltd, 18-19 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5LU.Copyright Philip Mould Ltd.