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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1878,1228.64

  • Description

    Snowdon; dip in hills with brook pouring down it, and Snowdon rising beyond, partly blotted out by driving rain clouds Watercolour

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1850-1856 (circa)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 264 millimetres
    • Width: 368 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Inscribed: "David Cox"
  • Curator's comments

    The following is taken from L. Stainton, ‘British Landscape Watercolours, 1600-1860’, 1985, no. 139:
    A late example of Cox's Welsh views; here, although executed on a comparatively small scale, he evokes the sombre and almost threatening grandeur of Snowdon. The granular texture and irregularity of the paper enhances the effect of Cox's sponged and scraped areas of steel grey and green: a Sublime interpretation of the landscape that is in a direct line of descent from Turner's 1798-9 Welsh studies (see 1958,0712.405).

    The following label was written by Kim Sloan for Places of the Mind, 2017:
    'One of the most prolific drawing masters of the first half of the century, Cox spent his summers in Bettws-y-Coed in North Wales from 1844 to 1856. He often gave informal lessons to young artists sketching in the area, most notably George Price Boyce and Arthur William Hunt (in the long run of cases to your right).
    Cox used sketches like this as the basis for larger watercolours that still displayed the ‘rough manner’ and ‘vigour’ that critics admired in his works.'

    For more information, see K. Sloan, 'The 'tormentingly elusive' art of drawing landscape', Places of the Mind: British watercolour landscapes 1850-1950, pp.24-67.

    For further curatorial comment on Cox’s sketches of mountain scenery in north Wales see 1878,1228.63.

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  • Bibliography

    • Binyon 1898-1907 1 bibliographic details
    • Stainton 1985 139 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G90

  • Exhibition history

    1983 Jul-Oct, Birmingham AG, 'David Cox', no. 66 1983-1984 Nov-Jan, V&A, 'David Cox', no. 66 1985 BM, British Landscape Watercolours 1600-1860, no.139 1987 Apr-May, Castle Museum, Norwich, 'The Art of Watercolour', no. 18 1987 May-Jun, Manchester AG, 'The Art of Watercolour', no. 18
    2017 23 Feb-27 Aug, London, BM, G90, Places of the Mind: British Landscape watercolours 1850-1950

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1878

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1878,1228.64

Snowdon; dip in hills with brook pouring down it, and Snowdon rising beyond, partly blotted out by driving rain clouds Watercolour

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Snowdon; dip in hills with brook pouring down it, and Snowdon rising beyond, partly blotted out by driving rain clouds Watercolour

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