Henry Samuel Davis, Amateur

(fl. 1833-1845)


From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was an officer in the 52nd regiment, which he entered as ensign in 1827, retiring as Lieut.-Colonel in 1851. He was a clever artist, and for several years while quartered in Ireland exhibited landscapes and historical pictures. He was an honorary member of the Society of Irish Artists, and contributed landscapes, many of them sketches of West Indian scenery, to its exhibition at the Royal Irish Institution, College Street, in 1845. He was an exhibitor in the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1833, 1835, and 1843; sending sketches of American scenery, including in 1833 a good drawing of "Niagara," some portraits and a large picture of "The Destruction of Cambyses' Army by a Sand Wind in the Desert of Lybia"; and some views in the North of Ireland in 1835. Two drawings by him were engraved by David Lucas in 1836, "Fair Head, Co. Antrim, Fox Pursuing Sheep," and "Fair Head, Co. Antrim, Eagle Devouring Sheep."

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