Portrait of Thomas Hudson Davis, his wife Elizabeth Taylor, and their son Henry Inman Davis

John Alexander Gilfillan, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in circa 1848.
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About the Work
Portrait of an early pioneer Whanganui family. Thomas Hudson Davis was an organist and played the first instrumental music in a church in Whanganui. Before arriving in Whanganui from 1848-1850 he and his wife Elizabeth (née Taylor) were in charge of St. James' Church School in Sydney, while he was the organist for the church there. The family moved to Whanganui circa 1855. The portrait shows their eldest son Henry Inman Davis. Henry Inman Davis was born in Sydney in 1846, it is possible this painting was completed about 1848. They had a further 3 sons and 1 daughter.
Image 745 x 626mm
Frame 885 x 755mm
oil on canvas
Painted family portrait showing the father and husband in a black suit with white shirt standing with one hand on his hip and the other holding the back of the chair his wife is sitting in. The wife is wearing a burgundy coloured dress off the shoulders with a deep lace collar and jewel at centre of neckline. She is looking towards her husband, she is seated in a chair with her son leaning across her lap. She is holding her son's hand, with her other hand across his back. The child is wearing a white gown and is standing on a footstool. To the left is a circular table with vase of flowers, an open lidded box (jewellery box?) with a red curtain behind it. To the right are other items of furniture including a piano in the darkened interior.
Credit Line
On long term loan to the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Collection of the Davis family.
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Acquisition Date
07 Mar 1997



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