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Jeremiah Davison (1695?–1750?) was an Anglo-Scottish portrait-painter.
Duncan Forbes of Culloden, portrait by Jeremiah Davison


Davison was born in England, of Scottish parentage, about 1695. He studied from the works of Sir Peter Lely, and under Joseph van Aken acquired facility in painting satin.[1]

Davison died towards the end of 1745, aged about 50.[1]

John Faber the younger, engraving of Jeremiah Davison's portrait of Duncan Forbes, Lord Culloden, Lord President of the court of session (son of the above). The statue of Forbes in the Parliament House, Edinburgh was also modelled by Roubiliac from this work.[1]

Through a Masonic lodge, Davison became acquainted with James Murray, 2nd Duke of Atholl, and painted his portrait. Under the patronage of the Duke and Duchess he went to Scotland, and obtained a good practice as a portrait-painter in Edinburgh, and London.[1]

In 1730 Davison painted the portrait of Frederick, Prince of Wales. At Greenwich Hospital is a full-length portrait by him of Admiral George Byng, 1st Viscount Torrington; in the National Gallery of Scotland is a head of Richard Cooper, the elder; and in the Merchants' Hall, Edinburgh, is a half-length of Elizabeth Macdonald of Largie, wife of Charles Lockhart of Lee and Carnwath. A portrait of Kitty Clive the actress was in Horace Walpole's collection at Strawberry Hill.[1] A group representing James Douglas, 14th Earl of Morton and his family is now in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.[2]

Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1888). "Davison, Jeremiah". Dictionary of National Biography. 14. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

BBC Your Paintings, James Douglas (1702–1768), 14th Earl of Morton, and his Family.


This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1888). "Davison, Jeremiah". Dictionary of National Biography. 14. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

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