DAVIDSON, Thomas

1842 - 1919

Thomas Davidson

Born at St Georgeís Hanover Square, London on 17 January 1842, son of Thomas Davidson (born 1803), a fund holder, of Hyde Park Corner, London, and his wife Eliza. Thomas lost his hearing at the age of 4, and in 1851 a 9 year old pupil at a school for the deaf & dumb at St George the Marty, Southwark kept by Thomas James Watson, BA. He married at Marylebone, London in 1871, Charlotte Douglas McHeath and in 1881 a 39 year old artist in painting (deaf & dumb) living at 82 Park Road, Hampstead with his 30 year old wife Charlotte, born Shoreditch and six children, including 7 year old Allan Douglas Davidson [q.v.]. An artist of great skill, specialising in historical naval scenes, and created memorable paintings illustrating the work of Emily BrontŽ. He had a close association with St Saviourís Church in Oxford Street, London, including being part of the Deaf and Dumb Debating Society and on the Committee of the Charitable and Provident Society for the Deaf and Dumb. He exhibited at Birmingham Royal Society of Artists, Dudley Gallery, Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, Walker Gallery, Liverpool, Manchester City Art Gallery, the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Hibernian Academy, Royal Institute of Art Painters and the Arthur Tooth & Sons Gallery 1880-1908 from Hampstead in 1880 and from Walberswick, Suffolk in 1908. His daughter Winifred Agnes, who married Steven Van Oss was the mother of Thomas Willen Van Oss [q.v.]. In 1901, an artist at 101 Greencroft Gardens, Hampstead but by 1911 a 69 year old painter artist living at Mill Field, Walberswick, Suffolk with his 60 year old wife Charlotte, 34 year old daughter Agnes Van Oss and three grandchildren. A member and regular exhibitor at the Ipswich Art Club 1912-1919, exhibiting from Seahome, Walberswick in 1912, two oils 'Yeomans Bodyguard' and 'Forgiven', in 1913 'Knight Errant' and in 1915 'Mells Bridge, near Halesworth'. He died at Walberswick in November 1919, aged 77, and his wife followed him in 1930, aged 79.




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