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Ivy de Verley
Ivy de Verley - The Sun and New York Herald - 9 May 1920 (cropped).jpg
De Verley with a "life mask" of her husband, 1920
Flossie Ivy Louise Verley

(1879-07-27)27 July 1879
Died29 December 1963(1963-12-29) (aged 84)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
(m. 1916)

Flossie Ivy Louise Verley (married Bradley, later Davoren; 27 July 1879 – 29 December 1963), styled Ivy de Verley, was a Jamaican-born artist active in the United States and United Kingdom.

Early life

Flossie Ivy Louise Verley was born on 27 July 1879 in Kingston in the British Colony of Jamaica to Eliza Jane (née Lazerous) and Louis Francis Verley.[1][2][3] She was raised in England and France.[4]


After her first husband died in 1907, De Verley moved to England, where she studied painting and opened the Scarab Studio at Courtfield Gardens in South Kensington, London.[5][6] She moved to Hollywood, Los Angeles, in 1920 or 1921 and opened a Scarab Studio there as well.[5][6]


De Verley painted living people in a style inspired by death masks.[7] According to de Verley, she developed the style after her husband, Vesey O'Davoren, asked her to create his death mask after he was given little time to live following exposure to poison gas in World War I.[4]

A 1915 review of an exhibit featuring her work described her paintings as "wildly romantic portraits in oil and pastel".[8] Raymond Blathwayt, a journalist,[9] described de Verley's life masks as "striking and at times even weird in the extreme".[5] De Verley's subjects included Elinor Glyn, Betty Blythe, and Casson Ferguson.[10] Her paintings are in the collection of the National Library of New Zealand,[11] and the Witt Library, Courtauld Institute of Art, London.[12]

Personal life

De Verley at the time of her wedding to Davoren, oval miniature by John Morley, 1916.

De Verley married Richard Walter Bradley on 15 November 1905 in Kingston;[13] Bradley died on 14 January in the 1907 Kingston earthquake.[2][5]

De Verley married Vesey Alfred Davoren on 15 January 1916.[14] As of January 1939, de Verley had lived in Los Angeles, California, for 30 years.[7] She died in Hollywood on 29 December 1963 and her ashes were interred on 31 December at Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery.[1][15]


  1. ^ a b Falk, Peter Hastings, ed. (1999). Who Was Who in American Art, 1564–1975. Vol. 1. Sound View Press. p. 902. ISBN 0-932087-55-8. OCLC 42517882.
  2. ^ a b "Estate Richard Walter Bradley". The Gleaner. 7 June 1907. p. 11 – via Newspaper Archive.
  3. ^ "Kingston Parish birth registers, 1878-1881: Flossie Ivy Louise Verley". FamilySearch. Spanish Town, Jamaica: Registrar General's Department. 27 July 1879. p. 174. microfilm #004492565. Retrieved 28 November 2021.(subscription required)
  4. ^ a b "People Talked About". Carmel Pine Cone. 13 April 1934. p. 9 – via Internet Archive.
  5. ^ a b c d "Made a Great Reputation as a Painter". The Gleaner. 27 January 1922. p. 3 – via Newspaper Archive.
  6. ^ a b "Ivy de Verley, the Noted Portrait Painter, Is Coming to Coronado". Coronado Eagle and Journal. 4 September 1920. p. 1 – via Newspaper Archive.
  7. ^ a b "The Art of Ivy de Verley: Jamaican Winning High Praise in Hollywood". The Gleaner. 9 January 1939. pp. 31, 45 – via Newspaper Archive.
  8. ^ Marriott, Charles (1 June 1915). "The Doré Galleries". The Gleaner. p. 2 – via Newspaper Archive.
  9. ^ Gibbs, A. M. (14 June 1990). Shaw. Springer. p. 400. ISBN 978-1-349-05402-2.
  10. ^ Gassaway, Gordon (April 1923). "Being Bohemian in Hollywood". Picture Play. 18 (2): 31–33, 97.
  11. ^ "De Verley, Ivy, 1879-1963 : (Portrait of Nola Luxford. 1924 or 1927)". National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  12. ^ Witt Library (1995). A Checklist of Painters, C1200-1994 Represented in the Witt Library, Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Routledge. Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  13. ^ "A Brilliant Wedding". The Gleaner. 16 November 1905. p. 10 – via Newspaper Archive.
  14. ^ "Mrs. Vesey Davoren". The Tatler. 26 January 1916. p. 26.
  15. ^ "Certificate of Death: Ivy de Verley O'Davoren". FamilySearch. Sacramento, California: California State Archives. 31 December 1963. Certificate #7053-26617. Retrieved 28 November 2021.(subscription required)
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