Peter Llewelyn Davies MC
(25 February 1897 – 5 April 1960) was the middle of five sons of Arthur
and Sylvia Llewelyn Davies
, one of the Llewelyn Davies boys
befriended and later informally adopted by J. M. Barrie
. Barrie publicly identified him as the source of the name for the title character in his famous play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up
. This public identification as "the original Peter Pan" plagued Davies throughout his life, which ended in suicide.
He was awarded the Military Cross
after serving as an officer in World War I
, and in 1926 founded the publishing house Peter Davies Ltd.
Davies was an infant when Barrie befriended his older brothers George
during outings in Kensington Gardens
, with their nurse Mary Hodgson and him in a pram
. Barrie's original description of Peter Pan
in The Little White Bird
(1902) was as a new-born who had escaped to Kensington Gardens. However, according to family accounts, his brothers George and Michael
served as the primary models for the character as he appeared in the famed stage play (1904) and later novel (1911), as a pre-adolescent boy.
In 1904, the year when Barrie's play, Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up
, debuted at London's Duke of York's Theatre
, the Davies family moved out of London and went to live Egerton House
, an Elizabethan mansion house in Berkhamsted
. Their time there lasted only three years; in 1907, Davies's father... Read More