John Scarlett Davis (British, Leominster, Herefordshire 1804–1845 London)
sheet: 6 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (16.5 x 14 cm)
Purchase, Robert Gordon and PECO Foundation Gifts, 2008
Not on view
Davis drew this portrait while touring Yorkshire between 1825 and 1828. Sir Thomas Lawrence introduced him to potential clients and the artist advertised his abilities in exhibitions held by the Northern Society, Leeds. A child prodigy, Davis won a medal at the age of eleven from the Society of Arts in London, and was commissioned to portray local dignitaries at Leominster while there at school. After further studies at the Royal Academy Schools, Davis worked as a portraitist, landscape painter, and watercolorist influenced by Richard Parkes Bonington. In the eighteen thirties and forties he painted a well-regarded series of interior views of art galleries, palaces and churches.