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Edward Dayes (1763-1804)


Edward Dayes (1763-1804)

Edward Dayes added an often dramatic sense of scale to the elegance and simplicity that he learned from Paul and Thomas Sandby. His topographical mastery became well known through the many engravings that were made from his watercolours.

Edward Dayes was born in Gray’s Inn Passage, off Red Lion Square, London, on 6 August 1763, one of the six children of Samuel Dayes, a turner, and his wife, Mary. In about 1771, he moved with his family to the poorer area of Saffron Hill, Clerkenwell, and his father died at Saffron Hill Workhouse in 1774. He studied printmaking under the mezzotinter and miniaturist, William Pether, and, from 1780, at the Royal Academy Schools.

Dayes married Sarah Parker at St Mary’s Lambeth on 11 November 1786, and lived first at 75 Long Acre, and later at other addresses in Covent Garden. They had at least one child, George, who was born in 1790, and would become a scene painter.

Dayes exhibited 64 works at the Royal Academy of Arts (from 1786), and others at the Society of Artists (1790-91), in a style developed from that of Paul and Thomas Sandby.
In turn, he had a great influence on the younger generation, particularly as a teacher of watercolour.

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