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View from Bidston Hill

William Davis, First exhibited in 1865

WAG 1495

Part of

Pre-Raphaelites collection

About this object

Bidston Hill is the peak of the red sandstone ridge that divides the Wirral peninsular. On its rural west-facing aspect, several substantial Victorian merchant houses were built. This view looks towards the Dee Estuary and North Wales with the peak of Moel Famau clearly visible.

A hunter can be seen in the middle distance, pursuing a hare that is running in the scrubby foreground. The Liverpool Daily Post’s art critic described the inclusion of such a large hare as ‘an eccentric intrusion’ when the painting was exhibited at the Liverpool Academy in 1865.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    William Davis (Irish, born:August 1812, died:22 April 1873)
  • Date
    First exhibited in 1865
  • Materials
    Oil; Canvas
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 30.5 cm x 40.5 cm
  • Physical description
    A landscape of heathland with a row of dark trees in the middle distance. There is a hare being chased in the foreground on the left which is under a dark heavy cloud and a peak of a mountain can be seen in the far distance where the sky appears lighter.
  • Related people
    William Davis (Artist/maker); John Elliot (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 1495
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by John Elliot in 1917
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • John Elliot

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1917-05
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: W DAVIS
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower right
Object view = Fine Art
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