19 May 2005
Circle of Thomas Arrowsmith
Portrait of William Davis of Leytonstone, seated at his desk, three-quarter length
inscribed 'Wm Davis Leytonstone Essex Phoenix Fire Office' (an old label on the reverse)
oil on canvas
50½ x 40 in. (128.3 x 101.6 cm)
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C. Trebilcock, Phoenix Assurance and the Development of British Insurance, 2 vols, vol. II, p. 580 (illustrated).
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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