David Davies

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History

Born in Ballarat on 21 May 1864, and died on 26 March 1939 at Looe, Cornwall. The son of Thomas Davies, miner, and his wife Mary, née Harris, his parents were both from South Wales. David Davies undertook art classes at the Ballarat School of Mines under J.F. Martell and Thomas Price, and worked for a short time for a jeweller in Bridge Street, Ballarat,[1] and then in 1887-90 studied at the National Gallery School, Melbourne, under G.F. Folingsby.[2] He is associated with, and influenced by the 'Heidelberg School' and the Australian light.[3]

In 1885 David Davies became a member of the Buonarotti Club whose members included E. Phillips Fox, Frederick McCubbin and Tom Roberts. In the late 1880s he and Roberts, Conder, Streeton, Walter Withers and others frequently painted at Eaglemont, near Heidelberg, at a property owned by Charles Davies, the brother of Davies's future wife. One of his best-known paintings from this period, 'The Burden and Heat of the Day', was subsequently purchased by the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery.[4]

David Davies died on 26 March 1932, at Dieppe, Cornwall.[5]

Legacy

Painted "Under the Burden and Heat of the Day", which he sold to James Oddie for 100 Guineas, after coming runner up in the National Gallery School Traveling scholarship in 1890. It was subsequently purchased by the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery.[6]


Family

David Davies married fellow student Janet Sophia Davies in Paris in 1890. The witnesses were Rupert Bunny and Aby Altson. The lived at St Ives, Cornwall, before returning to Australia in 1893. The made Templestowe their home in 1894. The Davies family returned to Britain in 1900, and France in 1908. They returned to England during World War One, making their way back to Dieppe, France after the war.In 1932 the Davies family settled in Looe, Cornwall. [7]

Children

1. Daughter (died in first weeks)

2. Gwendoline (b. 1896, Templestowe. Victoria)

3. Hanbury (b. 1900, Brittain)


See also

Artists

James Oddie

Notes

References

  1. The Courier '100 Ballarat Greats' 12 December 2006.
  2. http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/davies-david-5907, accessed 05 November 2019.
  3. The Courier '100 Ballarat Greats' 12 December 2006.
  4. http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/davies-david-5907, accessed 05 November 2019.
  5. The Courier '100 Ballarat Greats' 12 December 2006.
  6. http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/davies-david-5907, accessed 05 November 2019.
  7. The Courier '100 Ballarat Greats' 12 December 2006.

Further Reading

Ramsay and Morrison, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery:highlights from the collection, Ballarat, 2006

External links

David Davies - Art Gallery of Ballarat

http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/davies-david-5907


--H. Scarpe 21:42, 3 January 2013 (EST); --Clare K.Gervasoni 10:31, 18 November 2019 (AEDT)

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