A Gentleman handing a Lady a Sprig of Honeysuckle

Arthur Devis (Preston 1712 – London 1787)
National Trust Inventory Number 207802

Category Paintings
Date 1740 - 1749
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 699 x 902 mm (27 1/2 x 35 1/2 in)
Place of origin
Collection Wimpole, Cambridgeshire (Accredited Museum)
On show at Wimpole, Cambridgeshire, East of England, National Trust

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 description

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 Douglas collection, sold be 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

Marks and inscriptions

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

Makers and roles

Arthur Devis (Preston 1712 – London 1787)

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Materials Canvas (9982)
Category Paintings (12561)
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Periods 18th century (84810)
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Subjects Horatio (Horace) Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford (1717-1797) (12)
Catherine ‘Kitty’ Fisher (d.1767) (4)
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