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David Davies


Born Australia 1864, Died Great Britain 1939

oil on canvas, 94.0 x 160.0 cm
Felton Bequest, 1938
Collection: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

This work is also known as 'Hayle Bar'. It is illustrated in The Art & Life of David Davies by James MacDonald, which was published by Alexander McCubbin, c. 1920.

James MacDonald, in his book on Davies, noted that:
'The writer put in eight months of the year 1901 working under Davies. In the early portion of this period the latter was living at Lelant, a leafy little village at the extreme head of St.Ives Bay, and across the narrow strip of water from the little town of Hayle. At this spot the land rises abruptly from the sea, and for as far as St.Ives itself (to which it sweeps without a break except for Carbis Bay) is varied and picturesque.'

MacDonald, also noted that at this time the capturing of the 'water and it's capricious behaviour when influenced by wind, sky and the time of the day' became Davies main interest.

This work was probably painted around the time that MacDonald worked under David Davies in Cornwall.

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