Oil painting on canvas, Lucy Watson, Mrs Thornton by Arthur Devis (Preston 1712 – London 1787), signed and dated: A Devis 1755. One of a set of eight family portraits by Arthur Devis (1711/12-1787). 'Lucy Watson, Mrs. Thornton'. Seated with her right elbow resting on a console table on which is her basket of sewing. She wears a pink dress and white lace cap. The fireplace is covered by a Chinese screen and on the wall behind is a bracket clock, with a pentimento beside it denoting its original position. Sir Matthew's Account Book May 10, 1748, 'Paid Devis on account of pictures £15.15'. Two others of this set are purported to exist in a private collection on the Welsh border (Sir Matthew and Sarah). Source, Mr. and Mrs. H. Milford of Havant, who have seen them.
On loan from the Meade-Fetherstonhaugh Family Trust
Marks and inscriptions
Mrs Thornton of Clapham (20th century label on reverse)
Makers and roles
Arthur Devis (Preston 1712 – London 1787) , artist
Pavière 1950 S.H. Pavière, The Devis Family, Leigh-on-Sea, 1950, p. 57, no. 132
D'Oench 1980 Ellen G. D’Oench, The Conversation Piece: Arthur Devis & His Contemporaries, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1980, p. 89, no. 170.