David Cox
Buildings on the Banks of the Thames date not known

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David Cox 1783–1859
Buildings on the Banks of the Thames
Date Date not known
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 143 x 305 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by J.R. Holliday 1927
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David Cox was an influential drawing teacher and a theorist of landscape, as well as a practising artist. Like his contemporary, John Varley, he made numerous informal sketches of life along the banks of the Thames. These would usually feature old, run-down buildings, as in this very evocative watercolour. The charming and tranquil associations of such scenes meant that they fitted the ideals of the Picturesque much more easily than more explicitly modern subjects.

September 2004

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