William Moore Davis ( American, 1829 - 1920 )



The Mill 

Oil on Canvas, Signed l.r. "Wm M. Davis"

12" x 7" / 16 1/2" x 11 1/2" Framed ( Original Period Frame )

Price Available Upon Request

Born in Setauket, New York, William Davis was a painter of trompe l'oeil still life, genre, and landscapes and was primarily self taught.  He trained as a boat builder in Port Jefferson, Long Island.

Davis achieved national recognition in 1962 for three paintings based on the Civil War. The Neglected Picture, a trompe l'oeil image of President Jefferson Davis in a frame behind broken glass brought him great fame.  The painting was widely reproduced in print and postcard form.  In 1868, Davis exhibited still-life paintings at the National Academy of Design.  From 1863-1871, he exhibited at the Brooklyn Art Association.

In 1872, he moved to Long Island and never again exhibited in New York, possibly because some of his painting was politically controversial.

He associated with artist William Sidney Mount.

Eva Greguski, "William Moore Davis", American Art Review, 12/2002, p. 118

Museums (2):  William Davis

Butler Institute of American Art

The Long Island Museum of American Art, History and Carriages