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A Gentleman handing a Lady a Sprig of Honeysuckle

Arthur Devis (Preston 1712 – London 1787)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

1740 - 1749

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

699 x 902 mm (27 1/2 x 35 1/2 in)

Place of origin

England

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Collection

Wimpole, Cambridgeshire (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Wimpole, Cambridgeshire, East of England, National Trust

NT 207802

Caption

The offering of honeysuckle, a symbol of endearment, and devoted love, indicates that this unknown couple are man and wife. This picture was bought by Captain Bambridge of Wimpole in 1940, as a portrait of Horace Walpole and Kitty Clive.

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, A Gentleman handing a Lady a Sprig of Honeysuckle by Arthur Devis (Preston 1712 – London 1787), signed on the tree trunk A. Devis fe./174 (?) Two figures in a landscape, woman in a blue dress seated, man in brown coat and black breeches, standing. Artificial lake in backgr.ound, distant hills, red poppies in foreground. The offering of honeysuckle, a symbol of endearment, indicates that this unknown couple are man and wife. Bought by Capt. Bambridge in 1940 as a portrait of Horace Walpole and Kitty Clive.

Provenance

Greville Charles Douglas collection, sold by executors of his widow, Lady Margaret Douglas (daughter of 4th Earl of Kenmare), Sotheby's, July 3rd 1940, lot 116 (via Permain for £ 500) for Captain Bambridge in 1940; bequeathed by Elsie Kipling, Mrs George Bambridge (1896 - 1976), daughter of Rudyard Kipling, to the National Trust together with Wimpole Hall, all its contents and an estate of 3,000 acres

Credit line

Wimpole Hall, The Bambridge Collection (National Trust)

Marks and inscriptions

signed on tree trunk: A. Devis fe./174

Makers and roles

Arthur Devis (Preston 1712 – London 1787) , artist

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