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Arthur Devis Sir Nathaniel and Lady Caroline Curzon oil painting


Sir Nathaniel and Lady Caroline Curzon
Painting ID::  969
Arthur Devis
Sir Nathaniel and Lady Caroline Curzon
1754

   
   
     

Arthur Devis The Young Poet oil painting


The Young Poet
Painting ID::  19089
Arthur Devis
The Young Poet
1849, retouched at a later date Oil on canvas Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery.

   
   
     

Arthur Devis Self-Portrait oil painting


Self-Portrait
Painting ID::  19090
Arthur Devis
Self-Portrait
1850-51 Oil on board National Portrait Gallery.

   
   
     

Arthur Devis Portrait of an Elderly Woman oil painting


Portrait of an Elderly Woman
Painting ID::  19091
Arthur Devis
Portrait of an Elderly Woman
1851 Oil on canvas Private collection.

   
   
     

Arthur Devis Ophelia oil painting


Ophelia
Painting ID::  19092
Arthur Devis
Ophelia
1852, retouched 1857-58 Oil on panel.

   
   
     

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     Arthur Devis
     1712-1787 English By 1728 he had left Preston, and the following year he was working in London for the Flemish topographical and sporting painter Peter Tillemans. There he specialized in landscape painting and copying various works in Tillemans studio after Marco Ricci, Giovanni Paolo Panini and Jan van Bloemen. Devis earliest known commission, Hoghton Towers from Duxon Hill, Lancashire (1735; priv. col., see 1983 exh. cat., no. 3), painted for Sir Henry Hoghton during a trip to Preston in 1734-5, shows Tillemans influence in its attention to detail and the use of thin, transparent paint. Thomas Lister with his Family (c. 1738; Chicago, IL, A. Inst.) demonstrates a similar interest in landscape, featuring the family group in Gisburn Park, Lancs. Devis had returned to London by 1742 and established himself as a painter of conversation pieces, with a studio in Great Queen Street. Roger Hesketh with his Family is typical of his work at this time; it shows how Devis transformed the intimacy of a Dutch 17th-century genre scene into an elegant interior with the group of sitters connected by formal, schematic gestures. Roger Hesketh stands apart, in a tastefully contrived pose, his legs crossed and right arm thrust inside his waistcoat. His son, Fleetwood, stands with his hand resting on a dog next to his wife, who is seated with an infant on her lap. The adjacent telescope, globe and marine paintings are intended to advertise Hesketh interest in astronomy and travel.

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