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Francis Daniel Devlan
Birth: 1835
New Jersey, USA
Death: Jun. 6, 1870
Berks County
Pennsylvania, USA

Born in Patterson, N.J., he moved to Reading with his family when he was 4 years old. His father was a businessman and promoter of the arts and exposed his son to art exhibits.
In the 1850 census of Reading, at the age 16, he appears with a Arthur Devlan, age 22, and Arthur Devlan, age 61. Arthur Sr. is likely his father. Also in 1850 there was a Patrick S Devlan age 30 living with wife Anetta(Nolan) and young children. Patrick is likely a brother of Francis Daniel.

Daniel, as he was known, at age 16 began to study with James A. Benade, an influential artist in Reading. In 1854, Devlan and Hiram D. Torrey formed the Reading Art Union. Devlan's favorite subjects were the lush forests on the Blue Mountain. He painted professionally for 17 years.

Reading Eagle- Jun 8, 1870
It pains us to record the death of one whose familiar name heads this article-one admired not more for his superior talent as artist, than for his estimable qualities as a citizen and as a Christian gentleman. His probity, his affable disposition, his genius and polished manner, won for him many friends and admirers, not only in his native city, but abroad.
As a landscape and cattle painter, Mr. Devlan had but a few superiors, young as he was, in this country, or perhaps any other; for it is held by critics that his more recent works in the latter branch of Art compare favorably with those of Roas Bonheur and others of equal celebrity.
Devlan, "though dead, yet liveth." He has left behind him much to admire- character and talent. The results of his study and labor are scattered but profuse, and many of his best pictures are to be found in the home of our art loving citizens, and fortunate are they in the possession of them. He was a student of Benade's style with one peculiarly his own, he produced pictures rarely equaled by any of his years for their conception, correct drawing and purity of color.
Full of feeling and inspiration while in the enjoyment of tolerable health in later times, he sought nature and studied her. he saw what few see, and with a poetic imagination and effective dash, created many a gem of highest art.
Reading has lost an artist, in the fullest sense of the term, and may not in this generation, boast of Devaln's equal. We have, to be sure, promising young painters, whose ambition and native talents may lead them to imitate this master, and happy be it for them if they reach this goal.
We must not leave this notice without some reference to his last works, and the parting scenes of of his life. "Two Sunny Pictures"-in describing which language will fail to do justice-one painted for Wm. R. McIlvaine, Esq., and the other for John McMannus, Esq., are perhaps as regards composition no better than some other of his late works, but the aeriel tone-the sunlight effect upon portions of landscape-we think have never been surpassed. We see in them not only color true to nature in her richest garb, but depth, breadth, everything- atmosphere which has no bounds but space-hills tinted with golden light and the complimentary violet shadows, which the foliage, rocks and limpid waters have all been made subject to his conceptive genius and masterly touch. What is more; the moss-covered stones, boulders, tree-trunks and wild vegetation there represented, convince us that he was familiar with geological phenomena and the botanical character of plants.
His productions show that he sought after the truth, and a gradual improvement from a fair beginning to the close of a life perserving industry brought him up to the standard of the times. His last order was received from H.F. Strecker, the sculptor, just before his final struggle, which was to have been a "Scene in the Tropics".
During the day of his death he was free from pain. Resigned to the will of his Maker, he submitted cheerfully to the withdrawal from the scenes of life. Conscious to the very last, surrounded by loving and admiring friends, he fell asleep-into that sleep which knows no waking. Peace to his ashes!
End of obituary.
Note: In November of the year he died, another famous Berks County artist was born, Ben Austrian 
 
Burial:
Saint Peters Catholic Cemetery
Reading
Berks County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: Neil D Scheidt
Record added: Feb 08, 2012
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Francis Daniel Devlan
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Francis Daniel Devlan
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Francis Daniel Devlan
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