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Arthur Devis, 1712–1787, British

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]

'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]

Oil on canvas
Support (PTG): 25 1/4 x 40 3/4 inches (64.1 x 103.5 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:

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

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

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

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)

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: http://www.racollection.org.uk

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

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)

Malcolm Cormack, A 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)

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

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

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)]

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

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

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)

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

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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

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)

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

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)

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)

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

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

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