Cox's very simple wash drawing demonstrates the powerful effect of leaving an area of blank paper to represent a solid mass, in this case the front wall of the cottage. He has built up the rest of his image using overlapping washes of different strengths applied with a large brush. Cox is known to have used Indian ink for small studies such as this. He also recommended it to students when drawing 'light, shade and effect' in his manual of 1813.
Gallery label, August 2004
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