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Arthur Devis, 1712–1787, British

The John Bacon Family

Former Title(s):

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

between 1742 and 1743
Oil on canvas
Support (PTG): 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 | drapery | family | fireplace | games | girl | globe | home | interior | man | music | musical instrument | painting (visual work) | portrait | room | science | sextant | stick | table | white (color) | window | woman
Associated People:
Bacon, John
Not on view

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, 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)

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

James Christen Steward, 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, 105-106, 196, No. 21, N6766 S78 1995 OVERSIZE (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

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