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The Clavey family in their garden at Hampstead

The Clavey family in their garden at Hampstead

oil on canvas
124.5 × 99.0 cm
inscribed in black paint l.l.: Art r (: under r) Devis.fe. / 1754.
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Everard Studley Miller Bequest, 1976
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Gallery location
17th to 18th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International

Arthur Devis made his career in London as a painter par excellence of the ‘conversation piece’- small group portraits in domestic settings that became very popular in England in the first half of the eighteenth century. Charles Clavey, Esquire (1714–82), of Frome in Somerset and Hampstead, Middlesex, was a prominent citizen, and Master of the Worshipful Company of Masons. Devis has placed the Clavey family in what is probably their garden at Hampstead. This setting, in what appears to be a natural landscape, reflects the important shift in taste and garden design which took place in England in the 1750s.


English, 18th century, surface not original

The frame on the Devis is perhaps the finest of the three frames of this type in the collection. It is also the earliest if it is contemporary with the painting.
The frame on Reynold's Lady Frances Finch is very similar in detail though either through resurfacing or quality of making it lacks some of the crispness of detail seen in the Devis frame.

Unknown - 18th century

carved timber and gold leaf