Circle of Thomas Arrowsmith
Circle of Thomas Arrowsmith

Portrait of William Davis of Leytonstone, seated at his desk, three-quarter length

Details
Circle of Thomas Arrowsmith
Portrait of William Davis of Leytonstone, seated at his desk, three-quarter length
inscribed 'Wm Davis Esq/Leytonstone/ Phoenix Fire Office Essex' (on the letter on the table (centre right))
oil on canvas, unframed
50½ x 40 in. (128.3 x 101.6 cm)
Provenance
The Royal & Sun Alliance Collection, Christie's King Street, 19 May 2005, lot 90
Literature
C. Trebilcock, Phoenix Assurance and the Development of British Insurance, 2 vols, vol. II, p. 580 (illustrated).

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Lot Essay

William Davis (1798-1854) was a sugar merchant and a director of Phoenix Assurance for 56 years, from 1798-1854; he was also a director of sister company Pelican Assurance from 1819-1854.
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