Major Charles Edward Davis (1827–1902), with His Dog

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Architect and antiquary, Major Davis was for 40 years Bath’s surveyor of works. A flamboyant and controversial figure, his greatest triumph was the excavation of the Roman Baths in the 1880s.

This portrait by Bath based artist, Skeats, was painted a year before Davis’s death and shows him with one of his deerhounds. Breeding deerhounds was one of his favourite hobbies.

Bath Guildhall, Victoria Art Gallery



Major Charles Edward Davis (1827–1902), with His Dog


oil on canvas


H 91.5 x W 71 cm

Accession number

BATVG : P : 1989.1

Acquisition method

purchased from Philip's Auction House, Bath, 1988; on loan to the Guildhall, Bath

Work type



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