Thomas Raffles Davison

Perspective artist and editor of 'British Architect'

Thomas Raffles Davison (1853–1937) architectural illustrator and editor of the British Architect, was born in Stockton-on-Tees. He trained as an architect with William Henry Spaull and later joined the Manchester practice of H. J. Paull. However it was as a journalist and draughtsman that he achieved his greatest success. He became a major contributor to the British Architect and Northern Engineer, established in 1874, and from 1878 to 1916 was its editor. He became an Honorary Associate of the RIBA in 1896 and was an active member of the London Society. His wide-ranging travels in the UK and on the Continent provided him with subjects for thousands of drawings, many of which were published in the British Architect, as 'Rambling Sketches'. He was much in demand as a freelance perspective artist, working for architects throughout Great Britain.

Publications with which he was associated include: Rambling Sketches, London and Manchester: The British Architect, 1883; Pen-and-ink notes at the Glasgow Exhibition, London: J. S. Virtue, 1888; Modern Homes, London: G. Bell & Sons, 1909; and Port Sunlight, London: B. T. Batsford, 1917.