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William Davis, Between 1860 and 1870

WAG 1115

About this object

Hale is a village approximately seven miles from Liverpool on the northern bank of the Mersey. The artist could easily have travelled there and back within a day in order to paint on the spot. The cottage is identifiable with one still standing at the Liverpool end of the village.

The critic John Ruskin (1819-1900)disapproved of Davis's works, considering them, like some of Ford Madox Brown's (1821-89)landscapes, not grand enough in conception or choice of subject. The suggested parallel with Madox Brown is just, although Davis never equalled his skills as a painter, for it is precisely the 'matter of fact' unheroic quality of these little works that is their peculiar strength, and merits their consideration alongside Madox Brown's Finchley and Hendon landscapes of the 1850s.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    William Davis (Irish, born:August 1812, died:22 April 1873)
  • Date
    Between 1860 and 1870
  • Materials
    Oil; Canvas
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 33 cm x 50 cm
  • Physical description
    A landscape with trees occupying the left and a pond with ducks in the immediate foreground on the right. There are two cottages in the composition, one hidden amongst the trees on the far left and the second is central, across an expanse of green lawn. Sections of blue sky can be seen amongst the white clouds.
  • Related people
    William Davis (Artist/maker); John King (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 1115
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1904
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • John King

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1904
    Disposal method: Sold to the Walker Art Gallery in 1904


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: W.D.
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower right
  • Inscription text: Hale / Lancashire / W Davis
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back; Canvas
Object view = Fine Art
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