Arthur William Devis
(1763 - 1822)
Arthur William Devis was active/lived in United Kingdom. Arthur Devis is known for portrait painting.
Biography Arthur William Devis
Arthur William Devis was born in Preston, Lancashire, England in 1763. He
received his first instruction in art from his father, Arthur Devis, a
painter of conversation pieces, with whom he is sometimes confused. He
made rapid progress, and obtained at an earlier age than usual the
silver medal from Royal Academy and more importantly the good opinion of
Sir Joshua Reynolds. When he was twenty years old he was appointed by
the East India Company as draftsman to accompany Capt. Wilson on a
voyage around the world. Their vessel was wrecked and they had to endure
Devis returned to England in 1795. He painted
several historical pictures for Mr. Alex Davidson, also an excellent
portrait of Nelson.
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