Historical Portraits Picture Archive

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

Arthur Devis 

Portrait of Anthony Devis (c.1729-1816), Arthur Devis
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Oil on canvas
18th Century
5 x 3 3/4 inches 12.7.x 9.5 cm
 
Provenance:
Mrs C. Tupper; her sale Christie's May 22nd 1936 wrongly as Arthur William Devis; Thomas Agnew and Son; Private Collection, London.
Literature:
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.