DEVÉRIA, Eugène-François-Marie-Joseph
(b. 1805, Paris, d. 1865, Pau)

Portrait of Laurence Davidson and His Three Sons

1850
Oil on canvas, 183 x 148 cm
Private collection

This painting represents Laurence Davidson and his three sons, three-quarter length, standing by ruins, his sons seated around him, one holding a fishing rod, the other holding a cricket bat. Laurence Davidson was the youngest son of the Edinburgh solicitor Harry Davidson. He became writer to the Signet in 1825 and joined his father and brother James in partnership before they merged with Thomas Syme and became known as Davidsons and Syme.

Eugène Deveria worked mostly in France, but he travelled to Scotland in the late 1840's where this picture was commissioned.