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Henry Thomas Davis

 (c.1817 - 1907)
Henry Thomas Davis was active/lived in England.  Henry Davis is known for animal and landscape painting.

Henry Thomas Davis

Biography from the Archives of askART

The following information is from Colin Perry.

I have been doing some research on a jockey (Chris Green) who won the Aintree Grand National horse race in 1850 on Abd-el-Kader. I know  from press reports at the time that both horse and rider were painted by Henry T Davis, for the Irish owner Joseph Osborne. Unfortunately neither the painting nor one of the engravings known to have been  made from it have surfaced yet. But I did notice that you welcome biographies of painters and I can at least help you there....

Henry Thomas Davis was born at Hackney, Middlesex (now NE London) c.1817. Neither his parentage nor whether he was formally trained as an artist is known. Out of the seven English censuses between 1841 and 1901 he gives his occupation as painter in only three - 1841 as artist, 1881 as artist (animal painter) and 1901 as artist  (landscape). The others indicate a progression towards accountancy - 1851 as commercial traveler, 1861 as accountants' clerk, 1871 as  accountant and 1891 as retired accountant.

He married Susan (later known as Susannah) Carter 4 Nov 1839 at Lee, Kent (now SE London). She had been born at Sydenham, Kent (now SE  London) c. 1814. They had nine known children, the eldest of whom died in childhood. Susan died aged 83 in Camberwell, SE London in the last quarter of 1897.

Henry didn't die until ten years later aged 90 in the Rochford area of Essex in Q2 1907. Two of his children died later in the same small area.

Known Paintings or Etchings Derived From Them:
Voltigeur (1850 - Engraved by C N Smith after a picture by Henry T Davis)

Raby, a dark bay hunter in a stable (Engraved by Charles Hunt after a picture by Henry T Davis, original sold Christies, S. Kensington, UK on Sept 10 1985)

Portrait of Robert the Devil with T. Cannon up
(1880 - sold Bonhams, London, UK on June 28, 1984 and Sotheby's, London, UK on January 18, 1984)

The lost dog
(pair, sold Phillips, London, UK on March 17 1987

Bend Or, chestnut hunter in stable
(1881 - sold Phillips, Sevenoaks, UK on March 20, 1997)

Blair Athol, a chestnut racehorse in loosebox
(sold Christie's, South Kensington, UK on January 07, 1986)

Abd-el-Kader with C Green up (
1850 - recorded in The Era [p16, c1], London, UK on March 17 1850)

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About  Henry Thomas Davis

Born:  c.1817 - Hackney, Middlesex, England (London)
Died:   1907 - Rockford, Essex, England
Known for:  animal and landscape painting