View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
- David Cox 1783–1859
- Watercolour on paper
- Support: 143 x 305 mm
- Bequeathed by J.R. Holliday 1927
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.
Gallery label, September 2004