Sylvia Llewelyn Davies

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Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (du Maurier)

Birthplace: St Giles, London, Greater London, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Devon, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of George du Maurier and Emma Du Maurier
Wife of Arthur Llewelyn Davies
Mother of George Llewelyn Davies; Jack Llewelyn Davies; Peter Llewelyn Davies, MC; Michael Llewelyn Davies and Nicholas "Nico" Llewelyn Davies
Sister of Beatrix Clara Isabel Du Maurier; Lieut.-Col. Guy Louis Busson du Maurier, DSO; Maria D du Maurier and Sir Gerald Du Maurier

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About Sylvia Llewelyn Davies

Sylvia Jocelyn Llewelyn Davies (25 November 1866 – 27 August 1910), née Sylvia du Maurier, was the mother of the boys who served as the inspiration for Peter Pan and the other children of J. M. Barrie's stories of Neverland. She was the daughter of cartoonist and writer George du Maurier, the elder sister to actor Gerald du Maurier, and the aunt of novelists Angela and Daphne du Maurier.

She met the young barrister Arthur Llewelyn Davies at a dinner party in 1889 and they became engaged shortly thereafter. She married him in 1892, and they had five children, all boys: George (1893–1915), Jack (1894–1959), Peter (1897–1960), Michael (1900–1921), and Nicholas (Nico) (1903–1980).

In 1898, Davies met Barrie at a dinner party, discovering he was already friends with her three sons from their regular visits to Kensington Gardens. She and Barrie became close (he adopted the pet name "Jocelyn" for her), with him spending considerable time at the Davies' home, and the family accompanying Barrie and his wife on holidays. She encouraged her boys' friendship with him.

Her husband died in 1907 of a sarcoma in his cheek. Davies welcomed Barrie's financial and emotional support, both for herself and for her boys. Following Barrie's divorce, he and Sylvia remained close, but did not marry. She became ill with an inoperable cancer in her chest, and died in 1910. Shortly before her death, she wrote that she wanted her boys' nurse Mary Hodgson to continue caring for them, and that she knew Barrie would continue providing for them, which he did. She named him, along with her mother Emma du Maurier, her brother Guy du Maurier, and Arthur's brother Crompton Llewelyn Davies as their guardians. Barrie told the boys after her death that she had been engaged to him, but Jack and Peter later expressed scepticism of this report.

Her son Peter was the publisher of her niece Daphne du Maurier's book about their grandfather, The Young George du Maurier, letters 1860–1867 (1951).

In the 1978 BBC mini-series The Lost Boys, she was portrayed by Ann Bell. She was played by Kate Winslet in the 2004 movie Finding Neverland.

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Sylvia Llewelyn Davies's Timeline

November 25, 1866
London, Greater London, United Kingdom
July 20, 1893
Age 26
London, Middlesex, England UK
September 11, 1894
Age 27
London, Middlesex, England UK
February 25, 1897
Age 30
London, Middlesex, England UK
Age 33
Age 36
August 27, 1910
Age 43
Devon, England, United Kingdom