English, 1711 - 1787

Sir John van Hatten

Date: ca. 1760 - 1761

This portrait of Sir John van Hatten belongs to a particularly English type of painting that proliferated at the middle of the 1700s, a category known as the conversation-piece. More than traditional portraits, conversation-pieces went beyond focusing on their subjects to include visual references to the sitters’ families, lands, and property. Arthur Devis, who made this portrait, was the leader in their popularization.

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Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: H: 30 x W: 25 in.

Accession: 0050

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Paintings - Portraits

Tags: Field , Oil , Canvas

Purchased from Newhouse Galleries. From the collections of Sir John Van Hattem, the sitter, Dinton Park, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England; the Van Hattem Family, Dinton Park, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England; and Air Commodore T. Howe, a descendant of the sitter, London, England. Exhibited at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina, Tercentenary Exhibition, March 23 -April 28, 1963, Number 71. Illustrated in Antiques Magazine, February, 1963, page 169; The Connoisseur, February, 1963, page XLIV; and The Connoisseur, March, 1963, page 205.