Henry William Banks Davis, R.A.

(26 August 1833 - 1 December 1914)

Royal Academy Contributions.
1861, "Rough Pasturage"
1862, "Midsummer", a view near Boulogne
1803, "On the French Coast"
1865, "The Strayed Herd"
1866, "Spring Plowing" (when his studio was in London)
1868, "An April Afternoon"
1869, "A Squall from the Sea, Picardy"
1870, "Dewy Eve"
1871, "Moonrise"
1872, "A Panic"
1873, "A Summer Afternoon" (when he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy)
1874, "The End of the Day"
1876, "A Spring Morning"
1877, "After Sundown"
1878, "Midday Shelter"
Several have been engraved. In 1872, he designed, in bronze, "A Trotting Bull," which was exhibited at the Royal Academy, and received a medal at the Exposition in Vienna in 1873. His "Contentment" and "Approach of Night " were at the Paris Exposition of 1878.

"This painter [H. W. B. Davis], whose work by its subject and treatment attests foreign influence, has given remarkable proof of the prudent progress which is commoner in French than in English art. Having painted small-sized scenes for several years with great care and delicacy, he now gives the fruit of his study in a well-considered and successful picture, 'The Strayed Herd,' on the fullest landscape scale." -- Palgrave's Essays on Art.

[Artists of the Nineteenth Century and their Works & Biographical Sketches, Clara Erskine Clement and Laurence Hutton, 1879.]

DAVIS, HENRY WILLIAM BANKS (1833-), English painter, received his art training in the Royal Academy schools, where he was awarded two silver medals in 1854. For some years he lived at Boulogne. He was elected an associate of the Academy in 1873, and academician in 1877. He made a considerable reputation as an accomplished painter of quiet pastoral subjects and carefully elaborated landscapes with cattle. His pictures, “Returning to the Fold” (1880), and “Approaching Night” (1899), bought for the Chantrey Fund Collection, are now in the National Gallery of, British Art.[1911 Encyclopædia Britannica]


London, December 3. -- Henry William Banks Davis, the painter, died last night. He was born in 1833. Mr. Davis was the son of E. J. Davis of the Middle Temple and studied art at the Royal Academy School, where he won two silver medals. He became an A.R.A. in 1873, and a Royal Academician in 1877. He was an Associate Member of the Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts of Paris in 1892, and became a full member the year following. Mr. Davis was the British Delagate to the Fine Arts Jury in Berlin in 1896, and Vice President of the International Jury of Painting and of Group 2, Fine Arts. Mr. Davis was a member of the Fine Arts Jury at the Universal Exposition at Paris in 1889, and served as President of the International Jury of Fine Arts at Chicago in 1893. He was a member of the Superior Jury at the Paris Universal Exposition in 1900. He exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1897 and in 1903, his pictures being chiefly landscapes. Mr. Davis is survived by two sons and four daughters. The New York Times. Published 3 December 1914]