“Eighteenth-Century England,” Life 5 (October 25, 1948), p. 30, ill.
Sydney H. Pavière, The Devis Family of Painters (Leigh-on-Sea, 1950), pp. 29, 34, 60, no. 146.
Art Institute of Chicago, Paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago. A Catalogue of the Collection (Chicago, 1961), p. 127.
Ellen Gates D’Oench, “Arthur Devis (1712-1787): Master of the Georgian Conversation Piece,” Ph.D. Diss., Yale University, 1979 (Anne Arbor, Mich., University Microfilms, 1984), pp. 308, 379, no. 251, fig. 150.
Beth Fowkes Tobin, Colonizing Nature. The Tropics in British Arts and Letters, 1760-1820 (Philadelphia, 2005), pp. 82-83, fig. 4.
John Priestley, Eltham Palace (Chichester, 2008), fig. 13.
London, Free Society of Artists, 1763, no. 53, as “A Family with a View of a Gentleman’s House”.
Detroit Institute of Arts, English Conversation Pieces of the Eighteeenth Century, 1948, no. 21, as “A Family in a Park” by Joseph Francis Nollekens.
New Haven, Yale Center for British Art, The Conversation Piece: Arthur Devis and his Contemporaries, 1980, no. 39.
Presumably commissioned by the principle sitter, Sir John Shaw, 4th Baronet (died 1779), Eltham Lodge, Kent. William and Sutch by 1926 [see exhibition catalogue New Haven 1980 and letter of 22 August 1979 from Ellen D’Oench in curatorial file]; sold to Leggatt Brothers, London, 1926 [according to sources cited above]; sold by Leggatt Brothers to Emily Crane Chadbourne, Washington, D.C., 1926 [according to sources cited above]; on loan to the Art Institute 1932-1951; given to the Art Institute, 1951.
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