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Arthur Devis, 1712–1787
Portrait of a Family, Traditionally Known as the Swaine Family of Fencroft, Cambridgeshire
Former Title(s):

The Swaine Family of Fencroft, Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire [1985, Cormack, YCBA Concise Catalogue]

Family Group Beside a River (called 'The Swaine Family') [1978, Egerton, British Sporting and Animal Paintings, catalogue]

'A Family of Anglers: the Swaine Family of Laverington [sic] Hall in the Isle of Ely' [1940, Christie's sales catalogue; 1973, Sotheby’s sales catalogue]
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
25 1/4 × 40 3/4 inches (64.1 × 103.5 cm), Frame: 30 1/2 × 46 inches (77.5 × 116.8 cm)

Signed and dated, lower center: "Art Devis fe | 1749."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
book | boy | children | conversation piece | dog (animal) | family | fence | fichu | fish | fishing | girl | hat | mantua | men | petticoat | portrait | reading | water | women
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Arthur Devis (Harris Museum and Art Gallery, 1983-11-25 - 1984-01-29) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Arthur Devis (National Portrait Gallery, 1983-10-01 - 1983-11-12) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The Conversation Piece - Arthur Devis & His Contemporaries (Yale Center for British Art, 1980-10-01 - 1980-11-30) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

[ Advertisement ] Sotheby's:, English Conversation Piece , Country Life, vol 166, 4 October 1979, p. 56q, S3 C68 OVERSIZE (YCB A) [ORBIS]

Christopher Andreae, Devis's 'Informal' family portraits: His works are a close-up of 18th-century England, The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor, Boston, MA, 1983, p. 45, Available online via ProQuest Historical Newspapers [ORBIS]

Frederick Antal, Hogarth and his place in European art., Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1962, p. 240, fn. 50, pl. 30A, NJ18 H67 A63 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Christopher Beharrel, " Angling and the Artist " : 18th Century Angling Portraits, Country Life, Vol 178, 25 July 1985, p. 206, fig. no. 2, S3 C68 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Brennero The Meeting Place of the Duce and Hitler, , The Times (London), London, Tuesday, 19 March 1940, p. 12, Available online: Times Digital Archive Also available on Microfilm : Film An T482 (SML) [ORBIS]

British art: an illustrated souvenir of the exhibition of British art at the Royal Academy of Arts, London: Winter Exhibition: 1934, , , W. Clowes and sons, London, 1934, p. 36, J642 934L (LSF) Also available online at https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/exhibition-catalogue/1934-illustrated-souvenir-of-the-exhibition-of-british-art-c-1000-1860?all_fields=&commit=Search&date=1934&form=exhibition_catalogues [ORBIS]

Christie's (UK), Christie's sale catalogue : The Arthur N. Gilbey collection of angling pictures and early English drawings : 25 April 1940, Christie's, London, April 25, 1940, pp. 19-21, Lot 88, Fiche B51 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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]

Commemorative catalogue of the exhibition of British art, Royal academy of arts, London, January-March 1934., Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1935, p. 27, no. 86, Pl. 23, N6761 L651 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 86-87, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Ellen G. D'Oench, The Conversation Piece: Arthur Devis & his contemporaries, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1980, pp. 18-9, 54-55, 88, cat. no. 21, AD List no. 149, col. pl. 21, NJ18 D5151 D64 OVERSIZE [ORBIS]

Frank Davis, Talking about Salerooms : Resurrected Reputations, Country Life, vol 154, 20 December 1973, p. 2102, no. 1, S3 C68 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Judy Egerton, British Sporting and Animal Paintings 1655-1867 : A Catalogue : The Paul Mellon Collection, , Tate Publishing, London, 1978, pp. 57-59, no. 59, Col. Pl. 10, ND1383 G7 B75 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Exhibition of British art, c. 1000-1860 : full catalogue [of the Winter Exhibition held on January 6-March 10, 1934]., , , Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1934, p. 157, no. 390, N6761 L65 (YCBA) Also available on line [Royal Academy] and on mictofiche [B 162 (YCBA)] [YCBA]

John T. Hayes, Thomas Gainsborough, Ferrara Arte, , 1998, pp. 37-38, Fig. 2, NJ18 G16 H485 1998 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

In the Auction Rooms : The Arthur Gilbey Angling Collection, Connoisseur, vol. 105, April 1940, p. 181, N1 C75 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

In the Sale Room, The Arthur Gilbey Collection , The Observer, 149th year, London, 21 April 1940, p. 10, Available online: Proquest, the Observer Database Also available on microfilm : Film An Ob7 (SML) [ORBIS]

James G. Mann, British Art at Burlington House, II : Sculpture, Furniture and Objects of Art , Connoisseur, vol.93, February 1934, p. 83, N1 C75 (LC) OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Guy Manners, International Salerooms, Connoisseur, vol. 185, January 1974, pp. 85, 86, fig. 8, N1 C75 (LC) OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Mr. Jack Dick, The Times (London), London, Wednesday, 9 January 1974, p. 17, Available online: Times Digital Archive Also available on Microfilm Film An T482 (SML) [ORBIS]

Arthur Oswald, Correspondence: The Swaines of Leverington, Country Life (Archive 1901-2005), v. 103, Issue 2665, Time Inc. (UK) Ltd., London, 1948, p. 334, Available online at Country Life Archive [ORBIS]

Sydney H Paviere, Biographical Notes on the Devis Family of Painters, Volume of the Walpole Society, vol 25, Walpole Society, London, 1936/1937, p. 122, no. 10, N12 W35 A1 25 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Sydney H Paviere, The Devis family of painters, F. Lewis, Publishers, Limited, Leigh-on-Sea, 1950, p. 56, AD List no.. 129, NJ18 D515 P28 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Polite society by Arthur Devis, 1712-1787, portraits of the English country gentleman and his family : catalogue of the exhibition, The Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, Lancs., October 1st-November 12th, 1983, National Portrait Gallery, London, November 25th, 1983-January 29th, 1984 , Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston (Lancashire), 1983, pp. 54, 100, no. 30, NJ18 D5151 S37 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Prices go through the roof at Sotheby's Sale of Dick collection of Paintings, The Times (London), London, Thursday, 1 November, 1973, p. 1, Available online: Times Digital Archive Also avaiable on microfilm : Film An T482 (SML) [ORBIS]

Aileen Rubeiro, Dress in the Work of Arthur Devis, The Burlington Magazine, The Burlington Magazine Publications Ltd., London, 1983, p. 780, 781, No. 37, N1 .B87 Oversize [ORBIS]

Philip Sassoon, Loan exhibition of English conversation pieces in aid of the Royal Northern Hospital ... March 4th to 30th (inclusive) 1930, Royal Northern Hospital, [s.l., 1930, no. 105, ND1304 S37 1930 (HAAS) [ORBIS]

Deborah Anne Shafer, Fashioning an Ideal of Intimacy: British Family 1730-1790 [Boston University PhD Dissertation], Ann Arbor, 2004, p. xii, 110-113, Cat no. 50, Available online at ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global [ORBIS]

Sotheby's sale catalogue : The Mr. and Mrs. Jack R Dick collection of English sporting and conversation painting part one : 31 October 1973, London, October 31, 1973, p. 30, Lot 7, Fiche B18 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Sotheby's sale catalogue. British Paintings 1500-1850. 16th May 1990., Sotheby's, London, 16 May 1990, p. 29, lot no. 41, Auction Catalogues (YCBA)

Walter Shaw Sparrow, Angling in British Art Through Five Centuries : Prints, Pictures, Books, , John Lane The Bodley Head Limited, London, 1923, p. 184, N8250 S6 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

The Gilbey Angling PIctures, Country Life (Archive 1901-2005), v. 87, issue 225, Time Inc. (UK) Ltd., London, 1940, p. 370, Available online at Country Life Archive [ORBIS]

The Sale Room, The Times (London), London, 18 March 1940, p. 11, Available Online: The Times Digital Archive Also available on microfilm : Film An T482 (SML) [ORBIS]

The Sale Room, The Times (London), London, 26 April 1940, p. 4, Available Online: Times Digital Archive Also available on microfilm: Film An T482 (SML) [ORBIS]

G. W., The Sale Room, Apollo, vol. 99, p. 76, fig. 6, N1 A54 (LC) OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Mary Webster, Johan Zoffany, 1733-1810, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2011, pp. 148, 149, fig. 135, NJ18 Z68 W43 2011 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

George Charles Williamson, English conversation pictures of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, B.T. Batsford, London, 1931, p. 12, pl. XXX, ND1304 E5 1931 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

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