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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE FAMILY COLLECTION

Ambrose McEvoy, A.R.A.
THE MUSIC ROOM AT SIR EDMUND DAVIS' HOUSE
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 5,625 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
48

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE FAMILY COLLECTION

Ambrose McEvoy, A.R.A.
THE MUSIC ROOM AT SIR EDMUND DAVIS' HOUSE
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 5,625 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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London

Ambrose McEvoy, A.R.A.
1878-1927
THE MUSIC ROOM AT SIR EDMUND DAVIS' HOUSE

Catalogue Note

Edmund Davis was born in Australia in 1862 and attended school at the Lycée Chaptal in Paris as a pupil of the flower painter Victor Leclaire. He abandoned his artistic path aged 17 to go to South Africa where he made his fortune trading in ostrich feathers, guano and mining. He married his cousin, Mary Zilla Halford, with whom he shared a passion for painting and the couple settled in London. Their art collection included ancient sculpture and paintings by Rembrandt, Hogarth, Reynolds and Gainsborough. They also collected modern art by Burne-Jones, Rossetti and Rodin and bequeathed a large part of this exceptional collection to a few chosen institutions such as the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris and the National Gallery of South Africa in Cape Town. The bust shown in McEvoy's painting is the one that had been pointed-out by the Davis' friends Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon in the window of a shop on Piccadilly where it was unattributed; it was discovered to be a masterpiece by the French eighteenth century sculptor Houdon and valued at £20,000.

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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London