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Arthur William Devis, 1762–1822, British
Formerly attributed to Thomas Hickey, 1741–1824, Irish

Portrait of a Gentleman and an Indian Servant

Former Title(s):

A Gentleman and his Indian Servant [1985, Cormack, YCBA Concise Catalogue]

Portrait of a Gentleman, Possibly William Hickey, and an Indian Servant

ca. 1785
Oil on canvas
Support (PTG): 41 3/4 x 32 7/8 inches (106 x 83.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
hookah | Indian | letter | portrait | servant | smoking
Associated People:
Hickey, William (1749–1827), lawyer in India and memoirist
Not on view

Mildred Archer, India and British Portraiture, 1770-1825, Sotheby Parke Bernet, London, 1979, pp. 245, 503, fig. 167, ND 1327 I44 A72 (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)

Holly Shaffer, Adapting the eye, An archive of the British in India, 1770-1830 , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2011, p. 33, no. 114, V2359 (YCBA)

R. J. B. Walker, Regency portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London, 1985, p. 250 (vol. 1), N1090 A592 (YCBA)

Giles Waterfield, Below stairs, 400 years of servants' portraits , National Portrait Gallery, London, 2003, p. 146-148, no. 75, ND1460 D65 W37 2003 (YCBA)

Stuart Cary Welch, The British view of India, selected English paintings from the Paul Mellon collection , American Federation of Arts, New York, 1978, N8214.5 I5 B75 1978 (YCBA)

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