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  • In a paneled room, members of a well-to-do family appear to be celebrating with a toast. At left, two servants prepare glasses and wine for the assembled sitters. A black servant polishes a goblet, while the white servant next to him uncorks a bottle. The seated man wearing black is probably Robert Raikes, a prosperous newspaper proprietor based in Gloucester. Close by was Bristol, a major seaport where many people of African descent arrived in Britain from the Americas, and where some were bartered or sold as slaves. Raikes’s "Gloucester Journal" conveyed news of Atlantic ships and trade, as well as advertisements for black servants (probably enslaved) who had escaped from their masters.
  • In a paneled room, members of a well-to-do family appear to be celebrating with a toast. At left, two servants prepare glasses and wine for the assembled sitters. A black servant polishes a goblet, while the white servant next to him uncorks a bottle. The seated man wearing black is probably Robert Raikes, a prosperous newspaper proprietor based in Gloucester. Close by was Bristol, a major seaport where many people of African descent arrived in Britain from the Americas, and where some were bartered or sold as slaves. Raikes’s "Gloucester Journal" conveyed news of Atlantic ships and trade, as well as advertisements for black servants (probably enslaved) who had escaped from their masters. --This text served as the label to this object in Figures of Empire: Slavery and Portraiture in Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Britain, an exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art that was curated by Esther Chadwick, Meredith Gamer, and Cyra Levenson, which was on view from October 2, 2014 until December 14, 2014.
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  • Alternate title :: The Raikes Family
  • Bibliograpic reference ::
  • Bibliograpic reference :: British Art at Yale, Apollo, v.105, no. 182, April 1977, pp. 256-7, pl. III, N5220 M552 A7 1977 OVERSIZE (YCBA) , Published as April 1977 issue of Apollo; all of the articles may also be found in bound Apollo Volume [N1 A54 105:2 +]
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Ching-Jung Chen, The early Georgian conversation piece : Thesis (Ph. D.)--Rutgers University, UMI Dissertation Services, Ann Arbor, 2001, pp. 313-14, cat. no. 44, Available online : ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Ellen G. D'Oench, The Conversation Piece: Arthur Devis & his contemporaries, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1980, pp. 68-69, cat. no. 48, NJ18 D5151 D64 OVERSIZE
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Figures of empire : slavery and portraiture in eighteenth-century Atlantic Britain, organized by the Yale Center for British Art and curated by Esther Chadwick and Meredith Gamer, PhD candidates in the History of Art at Yale University and Cyra Levenson,, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2014, p. 42, V 2556 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Kate Retford, The Conversation Piece Making Modern Art in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Yale University Press, New Haven, p. 290, fig. 215, ND1314.4 .R48 2017 (LC) Oversize (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Painting in England 1700-1850, collection of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Mellon., Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, 1963, p. 113 (v.1), no. 214, pl. 99, ND466 V57 v.1-2 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Ralph Edwards, Georgian Conversation Pictures, Apollo, v.105, no. 182, April 1977, p. 256-57, pl. III, N1 A54 105:2 + (YCBA) , Another copy of this article may be found in a separately bound and catalogued copy of this issue located on the Mellon Shelf [call number : N5220 M552 A7 1977 + (YCBA)]
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Slavery and portraiture in 18th-century Atlantic Britain, [ Website ], Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2015, Available Online , http://www.centerforbritishart.org/slavery-and-portraiture/objects
  • Dimension height :: 66.0cm
  • Dimension width :: 91.8cm
  • Exhibition :: Figures of Empire
  • Exhibition :: Figures of Empire: Slavery and Portraiture in Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Britain
  • Exhibition :: The Conversation Piece - Arthur Devis & His Contemporaries
  • Located in :: New Haven
  • Located in :: Not on view
  • Located in :: YCBA, 003, Sc 02b
  • Located in :: Yale Center for British Art
  • Object type :: painting
  • Subject Concept :: bottles
  • Subject Concept :: bust
  • Subject Concept :: chairs
  • Subject Concept :: child
  • Subject Concept :: conversation piece
  • Subject Concept :: costume
  • Subject Concept :: curtain
  • Subject Concept :: dinner
  • Subject Concept :: dog (animal)
  • Subject Concept :: drinking
  • Subject Concept :: drinking glasses
  • Subject Concept :: family
  • Subject Concept :: fan
  • Subject Concept :: food
  • Subject Concept :: fruit
  • Subject Concept :: gesture
  • Subject Concept :: girl
  • Subject Concept :: group portrait
  • Subject Concept :: interior
  • Subject Concept :: meal
  • Subject Concept :: men
  • Subject Concept :: pitcher
  • Subject Concept :: portrait
  • Subject Concept :: rug
  • Subject Concept :: sculpture
  • Subject Concept :: servant
  • Subject Concept :: silverware
  • Subject Concept :: slave
  • Subject Concept :: tables
  • Subject Concept :: wine
  • Subject Concept :: wine cooler
  • Subject Concept :: women
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  • Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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  • Group portrait, probably of the Raikes family
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