Lucy Watson, Mrs Thornton

Arthur Devis (Preston 1712 – London 1787)
National Trust Inventory Number 137378

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date 1755 (signed and dated)
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 584 x 400 mm (23 x 15 3/4 in)
Place of origin England
Collection Uppark House and Garden, West Sussex (Accredited Museum)
Not on show

Summary description

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.

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Periods 18th century (87812)
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