William Henry Davies

William Henry Davies, by William Nicholson, 1921 - NPG 4194 - © Desmond Banks

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William Henry Davies

by William Nicholson
oil on canvas, 1921
21 1/2 in. x 23 in. (546 mm x 584 mm)
Purchased, 1961
Primary Collection
NPG 4194

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Current affairs

Marie Stopes, campaigner for women's rights and pioneer of family planning, opens her first clinic in London, offering a free service to married women. While Stopes's forthright and open-minded attitudes have helped to change opinion about family planning and sex, her opinions on eugenics have been criticised and are now out-of-step with current thinking.

Art and science

British-born star of Hollywood Charlie Chaplin visits London where he is greeted by thousands. In 1921 Chaplain made his film, The Kid, which told the story of a tramp who finds an abandoned baby in an alley and decides to look after him. The portrayal of poverty in the film drew on Chaplain's own experiences of growing up in a working class family in London.

International

The Anglo-Irish Treaty partitions Ireland into the Irish Free State (later the Republic of Ireland) and Northern Ireland. The Irish Free State was granted independence, while six of the Northern counties of Ulster decided to remain part of Britain. The treaty came into effect in 1922.

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Patricia Reed

14 May 2016, 14:46

This portrait was completed in July 1921 ( it does not date from 1927-8) and was exhibited in November of 1921 in London at the Goupil Gallery Salon no. 66 Portrait of William H. Davies, Esq. Please see Patricia Reed 'William Nicholson Catalogue raisonne of the Oil Paintings'. London and Newhaven: Modern Art Press and Yale University Press, 2011 cat. no. 453 p.380. There are other references to Davies and the artist in this publication.

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