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William Davis

Liverpool-based Irish landscape painter (1812 - 1873) influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites

Davis was born in Dublin. The son of an attorney, he initially studied law, but quickly turned to art and trained at the Dublin Society, founded in 1731 to improve 'husbandry, manufacture and the useful arts and sciences'. Afterwards, he lived in Dublin and worked as a portrait painter before he moved to England. Davis began exhibiting at the Liverpool Academy in 1842 and is thought to have settled in the city around the same date. He joined the Liverpool Academy Schools as a probationer in February 1946 and became a student there in January 1847. He was elected an associate member in 1851. Full membership followed in 1853 and he was later employed at the Academy as the Professor of Drawing between 1856 - 9.

Davis exhibited locally in Liverpool at the Liverpool Academy and the Walker Art Gallery, as well as in London at the Royal Academy. Most of his work was commisioned or purchased by Liverpool patrons but the artist moved to London in 1870.

The small landscape pictures Davis began to paint from 1853 were popular with audiences and admired by the Pre-Raphaelite artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828 - 1882) and Ford Madox Brown (1821 - 1893), who appreciated the down-to-earth character of the paintings.
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  • Born
    August 1812
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: Ireland: Dublin County: Dublin
  • Died
    22 April 1873
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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