Painter and draughtsman, born in Dublin, Ireland, into a military family. He attended Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and was a regular soldier for 23 years, always interested in art. While a prisoner of war in Germany for five years made drawings of 600 fellow-prisoners. Upon retirement in 1949 Davidson-Houston studied at Slade School of Fine Art with William Coldstream for three years. Attended St Martin’s School of Art part-time and worked for a time with Sir Gerald Kelly. Davidson-Houston was noted as a portrait painter, exhibiting at RP, NS, RCamA, RSA and at Paris Salon. Had a solo show at Walker’s Galleries. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was among his subjects and his works are held by several members of the royal family. Lived in Esher, Surrey, with a studio in London.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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