A Slice of Davis Brown History

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This is a picture of David Isaacs (on the right) who commissioned and presented this bas-relief (created from Portland stone) to the world famous Lord’s Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood, which was unveiled in 1934.  David Isaacs was frustrated at the lack of creativity along the long stretch of wall on the outside of the ground, and took the opportunity to add something of interest to this wasted space.  The well-known artist was Gilbert Bayes, a local man, who pieces of artwork, many in the form of sculptures, are still dotted all over the country, including exterior work at the Victoria and Albert Museum circa 1909, the exterior bas-reliefs and interior work at the BBC in London, 1931 and the sculpture of Destiny in Albion Gardens, Ramsgate in 1920. You might well be asking why this is relevant, well David Isaacs was the founder of Davis & Co, which is where DB has it’s roots.  Davis & Co – an Estate Agent, was founded in 1901 with it’s office in Berners St, W1, it merged with William H Brown in 1987, and in 1998 Davis Brown was born, and here we are still going strong in 2020.

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