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View from Bidston Hill

William Davis, 1865 first exhibited

WAG 1495

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 the Clwyd Hills in North Wales with the peak of Moel Famau clearly visible. Davis here paints with exceptionally vivid colour but a
rather hard finish.

A hunter can be seen in the middle distance, pursuing a hare that is running in the scrubby foreground. When the painting was exhibited at the Liverpool Academy in 1865, the Liverpool Daily Post’s art critic described the inclusion of such a large hare as ‘an eccentric intrusion’ and ‘simply an absurdity. It is grotesque in size and its attitude is almost untrue’.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    William Davis (Irish, born:1812-08, died:1873-04-22)
  • Date
    1865 first exhibited
  • Materials
    Oil paint; 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
    Walker Art Gallery, Room 06
  • 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
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    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower right
Object view = Fine Art
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