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Arthur Devis (1712-1787), Portrait painter

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist associated with 4 portraits
Devis was a portrait painter, particularly known for his conversation pieces, a fashionable portrait type of the time, that showed groups of sitters in a domestic setting. Born in Lancashire, he spent most of his working life in London and from 1783, Brighton. He exhibited at the Free Society of Artists between 1762 and 1780 and restored Sir James Thornhill's paintings in the hall at Greenwich.

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Arthur Devis

by Arthur Devis
oil on oak panel, circa 1742-1744
On display in Room 10 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6153


Sir James Burrow

after Arthur Devis
black crayon, (1780)
NPG 3090(8)


Sir James Burrow

by James Basire, after Arthur Devis
line engraving, 1780
NPG D32453


Mary Unwin (née Cawthorne)

by John Henry Robinson, published by Baldwin & Cradock, after Arthur Devis
stipple engraving, published 1836 (1750)
NPG D16941