James Hey Davies was a landscape painter.
Davies studied in Manchester, at the R.A. Schools in London and in Sweden and France, becoming one of the principal painters of the Manchester school in the 1870s and 1880s, along side Richard Gay Somerset (1848-1928) and Anderson Hague (1850-1916). He was particularly known for his landscapes of the Lake District and North Wales, inspired by the works of the Barbizon artists in France.
Davies exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists, a society which named JW its President in 1886, and at the New English Art Club, where JW exhibited in 1888. His works were also shown at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Royal Cambrian Society, Royal Scottish Academy, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, Manchester City Art Gallery.
Davies was amongst those proposed invitees to a dinner organised by W. C. Symons to congratulate JW on becoming an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Munich, a dinner which was to be held at the Criterion in Piccadilly on 1 May 1889 (#00631).
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