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lower center: Art: Devis fe/1756

Provenance

Miss P.A. Hatcher; (sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 29 June 1951, no. 132, as Portrait of a Sportsman, bought in); (sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 18 June 1954, no. 142, as Lord Brand, of Hurndall Park); purchased by (Edward Speelman, London); sold 1960 to Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia; gift 1964 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1964
Extended loan for use by Ambassador David K.E. Bruce, U.S. Embassy residence, London, England, 1964-1969 (on loan to Embassy when given to NGA; lent prior to 1964 by Paul Mellon).
1970
Extended loan for use by the Ambassador, U.S. Embassy residence, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 1970-1974.
1980
The Conversation Piece: Arthur Devis & His Contemporaries, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1980, no. 33, repro., (cat. by Ellen G. D'Oench).
Bibliography
1965
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 41, as Lord Brand of Hurndall Park.
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 34, repro., as Lord Brand of Hurndall Park.
1975
European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 106, repro., as Lord Brand of Hurndall Park.
1975
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. New York, 1975: no. 520, color repro.
1985
European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 129, repro.
1992
Hayes, John. British Paintings of the Sixteenth through Nineteenth Centuries. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1992: 60-61, repro. 61.
Technical Summary

The medium-weight canvas is plain woven fairly loosely; it has been lined. The painting appears to have been cut down along the left and bottom edges. The ground is cream colored, smoothly applied and moderately thick, masking the weave of the linen. There is a light brown imprimatura. The painting is executed in thin, smooth layers, mostly in opaque paint but with transparent glazes for the darkest greens and deep browns. The paint surface has been severely abraded, and there are numerous losses and heavy retouching, especially in the sky. The thick natural resin varnish has discolored yellow slightly.