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William Hogarth, 1697–1764

John and Elizabeth Jeffreys and Their Children

Former Title(s):

The Jeffreys Family

Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
28 1/4 x 35 3/4 inches (71.8 x 90.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
basket | bench | book | boys | bridge (built work) | brothers | buildings | clergyman | conversation piece | costume | countess | daughter | diarist | dog (animal) | family | father | fishing line | flowers (plants) | girl | group portrait | husband | judge | lake | landscape | leisure | man | mother | portrait | river | sister | sons | wife | woman
Associated People:
Jeffreys, James (b. 1714)
Jeffreys, Edward (b. 1716)
Jeffreys, John (1689–1741)
Jeffreys, John (b. 1718), clergyman and canon of Christ Church, Oxford
Jeffreys, Elizabeth
Jeffreys, Margaret (b. 1722)
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

William Hogarth helped popularize the small-scale conversation piece in the early 1730s, taking the conventions of full-scale aristocratic group portraiture and making them suitable to patrons from the gentry and middling ranks. Here, the London barrister John Jeffreys is shown in a landscape park with his wife, Elizabeth, and their four young children. The setting is almost certainly imaginary, and the family is portrayed as prosperous and genteel, at ease with each other and in nature. Hogarth shows the Jeffreys family, as members of the new professional class, enjoying leisure time and using it to cultivate knowledge, both from books and from close exploration of the natural world.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977-1986, Yale Center for British Art , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1986, pp. 9, 14, 15, no. 26, fig. 6, N590.2 A7 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Gabriele Baldini, L'opera completa di Hogarth pittore, Rizzoli, Milan, 1967, no. 35, NJ18 H67 +A12 M36 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Ronald Brymer Beckett, Hogarth, Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1949, p. 44, no. 26, pl. 26, NJ18 H67 B43 1949 [ORBIS]

Ching-Jung Chen, The early Georgian conversation piece : Thesis (Ph. D.)--Rutgers University, UMI Dissertation Services, Ann Arbor, 2001, pp.386, still life 415-16, cat. no. 80A, Available online : ProQuest Dissertations & Theses [ORBIS]

Robert Colls, This sporting life : sport and liberty in England, 1760-1960, Oxford University Press, Oxford, U.K., 2020, p. 372, GV706.35 .C65 2020 (LC) YCBA [ORBIS]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 120-121, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Austin Dobson, William Hogarth, Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, London, 1891, NJ18 H67 D65 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Elizabeth Einberg, William Hogarth : A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings, New Haven, London, 2016, p. 62-63, cat. 27, NJ18 H67 +E36 2016 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

William Hogarth, Anecdotes of William Hogarth, written by himself, with essays on his life and genius, and criticisms on his works, selected from Walpole, Gilpin, J. Ireland, Lamb, Phillips, and others. To which are added a catalogue of his prints; account of their variat, Cornmarket Press, London, 1970, p. 373, NJ18 H67 A3 1833A (YCBA) Reprint of the 1833 ed.; copies of 1833 edition held by Bass, LWL; LSF [YCBA]

Ronald Paulson, Hogarth : His Life, Art, and Times, , Yale University Press, New Haven, 1971, p. 218, NJ18 H67+ P39 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Kate Retford, The Conversation Piece Making Modern Art in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2017, p. 292, fig. 218, ND1314.4 .R48 2017 (LC) Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Duncan Robinson, Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977 - 1986, , Burlington Magazine, vol. 128, October 1986, pp. 9, 14, 15, no. 26, fig. 6, N1 B87 128:3 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Spink & Sons, Spink and Sons, Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs, v. 123, London, March 1981, Back matter, N1 B87 + Oversize [ORBIS]

Mary Webster, Hogarth, Studio Vista, London, 1979, p. 180, NJ18 H67 +W43 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

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