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    Sale 5232

    Old Master & British Pictures

    31 October 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 31

    Arthur Devis (Preston c.1711-1787 Brighton)

    Portrait of a lady, seated, full-length, in a white dress, beside a table with a basket of flowers, a sprig of orange blossom in her right hand, in an interior

    Price Realised  

    Arthur Devis (Preston c.1711-1787 Brighton)
    Portrait of a lady, seated, full-length, in a white dress, beside a table with a basket of flowers, a sprig of orange blossom in her right hand, in an interior
    oil on canvas
    22½ x 16½ in. (57 x 42 cm.)


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    Born in Preston, Lancashire, Arthur Devis studied under the sporting and topographical artist Peter Tillemans (1684-1734). By 1742 he was described in the Preston guild as 'of London, Painter', steadily developing a reputation as a meticulously accomplished portraitist in the conversation piece genre.
    This painting is likely to date to the 1730s, early in Devis's career, when he had recently settled in London.

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 11 June 1999, lot 36 (where purchased by the present owner).