Watercolour and pencil 10 x 14 inches
Aka W.H. Davies and his bonfire
Aka W.H. Davies and the Golliwog
Aka The Poet and the Golliwog
First exhibited: London Alpine Club May 1922 No 50
William Henry Davies: 1871 – 1940 Welsh poet and writer spent a significant part of his life as a tramp and vagabond in the USA and UK and became one of the most popular poets of his time.
In was in Canada on his way to Klondike to seek his riches, when he attempted to jump a freight train at Renfrew, Ontario with a fellow tramp called “Three Fingered Jack” he lost his footing and his right leg was crushed under the train, such that it had to be amputated just below the knee and had thereafter to walk with a wooden leg
Phyllis Yglesias (“Golly” “Pog”) sculptor, died 1977, daughter of Yglesias the Basque landscape painter who lived in Mousehole.
Phyllis and her sister Dorothy opened a bird’s hospital in Mousehole, initially called the Jackdaw Hospital, and later renamed the Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital and Sanctuary.
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