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Arthur Devis, 1712–1787

The John Bacon Family

Former Title(s):

John Bacon and his Family [1980, D'Oench, The Conversation Piece, exhibition catalogue]

between 1742 and 1743
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
30 x 51 5/8 inches (76.2 x 131.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
arch | boys | busts | cards | children | columns | conversation piece | couple | drapery | family | fireplace | games | girl | globe | home | interior | man | music | musical instrument | painting (visual work) | portrait | room | science | seated | sextant | stick | table | telescope | white (color) | window | woman
Associated People:
Bacon, John
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Art in Focus : Joseph Wright and the Spectacle of Science (Yale Center for British Art, 2007-03-30 - 2007-06-11) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

The New Child - The Origins of Modern Childhood in English Art 1730-1830 (Joslyn Art Museum, 1996-03-09 - 1996-05-05) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The New Child - The Origins of Modern Childhood in English Art 1730-1830 (Dixon Gallery & Gardens, 1995-12-10 - 1996-02-04) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The New Child - The Origins of Modern Childhood in English Art 1730-1830 (Berkeley Art Museum, 1995-08-23 - 1995-11-19) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Life in England 1750 - 1850 (Paul Mellon Arts Center, 1990-03-27 - 1990-05-21) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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]

The Pursuit of Happiness - A View of Life in Georgian England (Yale Center for British Art, 1977-04-19 - 1977-09-18) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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]

Matthew Craske, Joseph Wright of Derby : Painter of darkness, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, New Haven, pp. 124-125, fig. 72, NJ18.W95 C72 2020+ (YCBA) [YCBA]

Ellen G. D'Oench, Arthur Devis (1712-1787): master of the Georgian conversation piece, , University Microfilms International, Ann Arbor, Mich., 1982, pp. 57, 272-73, no. 45, NJ18 D5151 D635 1979A (YCBA) [YCBA]

Ellen G. D'Oench, The Conversation Piece: Arthur Devis & his contemporaries, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1980, pp. 45-46, 81, cat. no. 6, AD lst no. 7, pl. no. 6, NJ18 D5151 D64 OVERSIZE [ORBIS]

Peter DeBolla, Education of the Eye, Painting, Landscape, and Architecture in Eighteenth-Century Britain , Stanford University Press, Stanford, 2003, pp. 47-49, 61, fig. 1, YCBA BH221. G7 D4 2003 [ORBIS]

Patricia Fara, Science, A Four Thousand Year History , Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2009, p. 134, no. 20, Q125 F27 X 2009 (SML) [ORBIS]

Christopher Flint, The Family Piece, Oliver Goldsmith and the Politics of the Everyday in Eighteenth-Century Domestic Portraiture , Eighteenth Century Studies, vol 29, Winter 1995/1996, pp. 138-140, Pl. no. 3, NX452 E54 (YCBA) Also avaialble online :: JSTOR [YCBA]

Celina Fox, The arts of industry in the Age of Enlightenment, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2009, p. 306, fig. 127, N72.T4 F69 2009 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Stephen Galloway, Traditional Style, How to Recreate the Traditional Period Home , Mitchell Beazley, London, 1990, p. 49, NK2110 C18 1994 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Christopher James Gilbert, Country House Floors: 1660-1850, , Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, 1987, p. 41, NK2115.5 F55 G55 (YCBA) [YCBA]

E. D. H. Johnson, Paintings of the British social scene, from Hogarth to Sickert , Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1986, pp. 57-59, 78, no. 28, ND1452 G7 J64 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Joseph Wright and the spectacle of science, Yale Center for British Art, 2007, pp. 12-3, Vertical File V1736 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Milo Keynes, Iconography of Sir Isaac Newton to 1800, The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, UK, 2005, p. 42, N7628.N48 K49 2005 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Richard D. Leppert, Music and image, domesticity, ideology, and socio-cultural formation in eighteenth-century England , Cambridge University Press, Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] New York, 1988, pp. 120-122, 133, fig. 40, ML3795 L36 1988 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Christopher Maxwell, In sparkling company : reflections on glass in the 18th-century British world, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning : NY, p. 143, fig. 104, NK5143 .M46 2020+ (YCBA) [YCBA]

R. Parkinson, Arthur Devis and His Contemporaries: Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Conn: Exhibit, Burlington Magazine, v. 123, no. 934, January 1981, p. 61, N1 B87 + OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Paul Mellon's Legacy : a passion for British art [large print labels], , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v. 1, N5220 M552 P381 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

J. H. Plumb, The pursuit of happiness : a view of life in Georgian England : an exhibition selected from the Paul Mellon collection, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1977, pp. 40, 87, no. 42, N6766 Y34 1977 (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. 43, 91, No. 10, NJ18 D5151 S37 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Kate Retford, The art of domestic life, family portraiture in eighteenth-century England , Yale University Press, New Haven, London, 2006, pp. 133, 134, fig. 96, ND1313.4 .R48 2006 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Kate Retford, The Conversation Piece Making Modern Art in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2017, p. 64, fig. 50, ND1314.4 .R48 2017 (LC) Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

John Riely, Evidence in Literary Scholarship, Essays in Memory of James Marshall Osborn , Oxford University Press, London, 1979, p. 150, PR403 E95 (LSF) [ORBIS]

Charles Saumarez Smith, Eighteenth-century decoration: design and the domestic interior in England, , Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1993, pp. 126, 166-167, No. 152, NK2043 A1 S28 1993 (YCBA) [YCBA]

James Christen Steward, The New Child : British Art and the Origins of Modern Childhood, 1730-1830, , University Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 1995, pp. 49, 105-6, 196, no. 21, N6766 S78 1995 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Alice N. Walters, Conversation Pieces : Science and Politeness in Eighteenth-Century England, , History of Science, vol. 35, June 1, 1997, pp. 137-138, fig. 3, Available online Astrophysics Data System [ORBIS]

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