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Arthur Devis
(b Preston, Lancashire, 19 Feb. 1712; d Brighton, 25 July 1787). English painter, active mainly in London but also in his native Preston, the best-known member of a family of artists. He was one of the first specialists in the small conversation piece and also painted single portraits of similar scale. His sitters are often somewhat artificially posed, with less animation than in Zoffany's conversation pieces of the next generation.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)