Robert Davidson was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and apprenticed to his artist-father. He studied sculpture at the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis, The Art Institute of Chicago, the School of American Sculpture in New York City, and the Bavarian Fine Arts Academy in Munich Germany. Davidson’s wife, Maryetta, was an Indiana ceramics artist and also a graduate of John Herron Art Institute. The couple moved to Saratoga Spring New York where Davidson taught art at Skidmore College. During his career, Davidson was a member of the Indiana Artists Club and the Chicago Artist Association.
The best know of Davidson’s early commissions are large concrete plaques that decorate the façade of Indianapolis’ Shortridge High School. Praying Angel was one of several pieces Davidson placed in national exhibitions during the 1920s. The bust’s symmetry, spiritual intensity, and even the limestone material recall the statuary of Gothic Cathedrals.