View from Bidston Hill

William Davis1856/1865

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Liverpool, United Kingdom

A view towards the south west from the Wirral looking towards the Clwyd Hills in North Wales. Almost concealed in the landscape is a huntsman with hounds on the right and a hare on the left, described by a critic as ‘simply an absurdity. It is grotesque in size and its attitude is almost untrue’. Davis here paints with exceptionally vivid colour but a rather hard finish.


  • Title: View from Bidston Hill
  • Creator: William Davis
  • Creator Lifespan: 1812/1873
  • Creator Nationality: Irish
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: London, England
  • Creator Birth Place: Dublin, Ireland
  • Date Created: 1856/1865
  • tag / style: William Davis; Pre-Raphaelite; view; landscape; Clwyd Hills; North Wales; huntsman; hound; hare
  • Physical Dimensions: w405 x h305 cm (Without frame)
  • Artist biographical information: William Davis (1812-1873), born in Dublin, trained in the Liverpool Academy Schools from 1846 until about 1849 and was Professor of Drawing there from 1856-59. He was one of the Liverpool artists who adopted Pre-Raphaelite practice. Davis was friendly with the Pre-Raphaelite London circle, and was a member of the Hogarth Club. Most of his work was done for local Liverpool patrons. In 1870, he moved to London.
  • Additional artwork information: To learn more about the Walker Art Gallery’s Pre-Raphaelite collection please follow this link: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/online/pre-raphaelites/
  • Type: Oil on canvas
  • Rights: Bequeathed by John Elliot in 1917

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