David Cox

Cottage at Stratford. Verso: Drawing

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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David Cox 1783–1859
Watercolour on paper. Verso: graphite on paper
Support: 162 × 224 mm
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996

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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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