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William M. Davis Art

William M. Davis (USA, 1829–1920)

William M. Davis painted the surrounding areas of Port Jefferson, Long Island throughout his lifetime. Although self-taught, Davis was profoundly influenced by his friend and fellow genre painter William Sidney Mount, who lived nearby in Stony Brook. Davis opened a studio in New York City in 1868, however in 1872, he returned permanently to the Port Jefferson area, where he was affectionately known as “Painter Davis.” Mount had died four years earlier, and to a degree, Davis continued on in his footsteps, providing neighbors with paintings of villagers pursuing their daily tasks, quiet bays and coves, and ships anchored at sea.


Davis exhibited at the National Academy of Design and the Brooklyn Art Association while living in New York. Once he settled there, he exhibited exclusively in Port Jefferson, with the exception of a one-man show in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1894. According to the Bridgeport Daily Standard, Davis showed 135 of his works and had over 700 people in attendance. A major retrospective titled Port Jefferson’s Foremost Painter: W.M. Davis, was held at the Historical Society of Greater Port Jefferson in 1973. Davis’s works are housed in prestigious private collections and institutions such as the Suffolk Museum, Stony Brook, New York; the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities; and the New York State Historical Society, Cooperstown, New York.


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The Mill, Port Jefferson, Long Island
By William M. Davis
Located in Bedford, NY
William M. Davis (1829-1920) The Mill, Port Jefferson, Long Island Watercolor on paper, sight size: 9 ½ x 11 ½ in. Framed dimensions: 18 x 20 inches Signed lower left: W. M. Davis ...
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Late 19th Century Hudson River School William M. Davis Art

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