ARTHUR DEVIS | PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN, POSSIBLY THE REVEREND WILLIAM OF DIGBY, OF LANDENSTOWN, COUNTRY KILDARE, FULL-LENGTH, SEATED BENEATH A TREE, A GUN AND PHEASANT BY HIS SIDE
ARTHUR DEVIS | PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN, POSSIBLY THE REVEREND WILLIAM OF DIGBY, OF LANDENSTOWN, COUNTRY KILDARE, FULL-LENGTH, SEATED BENEATH A TREE, A GUN AND PHEASANT BY HIS SIDE
ARTHUR DEVIS | PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN, POSSIBLY THE REVEREND WILLIAM OF DIGBY, OF LANDENSTOWN, COUNTRY KILDARE, FULL-LENGTH, SEATED BENEATH A TREE, A GUN AND PHEASANT BY HIS SIDE
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Property from an Important Private Collection

ARTHUR DEVIS | PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN, POSSIBLY THE REVEREND WILLIAM OF DIGBY, OF LANDENSTOWN, COUNTRY KILDARE, FULL-LENGTH, SEATED BENEATH A TREE, A GUN AND PHEASANT BY HIS SIDE

Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 GBP

Property from an Important Private Collection

ARTHUR DEVIS | PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN, POSSIBLY THE REVEREND WILLIAM OF DIGBY, OF LANDENSTOWN, COUNTRY KILDARE, FULL-LENGTH, SEATED BENEATH A TREE, A GUN AND PHEASANT BY HIS SIDE

Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property from an Important Private Collection

ARTHUR DEVIS

Preston 1712 - 1787 Brighton

PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN, POSSIBLY THE REVEREND WILLIAM OF DIGBY, OF LANDENSTOWN, COUNTRY KILDARE, FULL-LENGTH, SEATED BENEATH A TREE, A GUN AND PHEASANT BY HIS SIDE


oil on canvas

76.5 x 63.5 cm.; 30⅛ x 25 in.

Condition Report

The canvas is lined, and the paint surface is clean with a slightly discoloured varnish. There is a slight degree of wear most visible in the darker pigments on the left. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a thick, opaque varnish making older intervention difficult to read, although some spots are visible in the sky upper right. Newer retouchings are made visible, consisting of fine lines around the sitter’s legs, the buttons of his coat, the left side of his hair, scattered in the foreground lower right, scattered along the left margin, and a spot along the centre of the upper margin.


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Cataloguing

Provenance

Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 19 June 1970, lot 47, to Gooding;

Anonymous sale ('The Property of a Gentleman'), London, Sotheby's, 23 June 1971, lot 94, for £800 to Captain Hawker;

Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 21 November 1984, lot 35 (as Robert Hunter);

David McAlpine (b. 1946);

His sale, Fawley House, Oxfordshire, Sotheby's, 15 October 2003, lot 441;

Where acquired.

Literature

A. Crookshank and The Knight of Glin, Ireland's Painter's 1600-1940, London 1978, pp. 83-84, reproduced fig. 69 (as attributed to Robert Hunter, the sitter as John Digby);

E.G. D'Oench, Arthur Devis: Master of the Georgian Conversation Piece, unpublished PhD thesis, 1979, p. 467, cat. no. 219, reproduced fig. 121 (the sitter as unidentified);

E.G. D'Oench, The Conversation Piece, Arthur Devis and his contemporaries, New Haven 1980, p. 91, cat. no. 219 (the sitter as unidentified, formerly William Digby of Landenstown, Country Kildare).

STYLE: Private Collections
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