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David Cox Snr O.W.S.
1783 - 1859

David Cox was born on the 29th April 1783 Deritend, Birmingham, the son of a blacksmith and
died on the 7th June 1859. Cox was an English landscape painter and one of the most important
members of the Birmingham School of landscape artists and an early precursor of impressionism.
Cox exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy from 1805. He also went on to write several books,
including: Ackermanns' New Drawing Book (1809); A Series Of Progressive Lessons (1811);
Treatise on Landscape Painting (1813); and Progressive Lessons on Landscape (1816). The ninth
and last edition of hisseries Progressive Lessons, was published in 1845. By 1810 he was elected
President of the Associated Artists in Water Colour. In 1812, following the demise of the
Associated Artists, he was elected as associate of the Society of Painters in Water Colour (the old
Water Colour Society). He was elected a Member of the Society in 1813, and exhibited there
every year (except 1815 and 1817) until his death. In about 1814-1815 he went on to be
appointed as Drawing Master at the Military Staff College, Farnham. He exhibited for the first
time with the Birmingham Society of Artists in 1829, and with the Liverpool Academy in 1831.
In 1839, two of Cox's watercolours were bought from the Old Water Colour Society exhibition
by the Marquis of Conynha for Queen Victoria. He went on to exhibit two oil paintings at the
Royal Academy in 1844. An exhibition of his work was arranged in 1858 by the Conversazione
Society Hampstead, and in 1859 a retrospective exhibition was held at the German Gallery Bond
Street, London. Cox died several months later. He was buried in the churchyard of St Peters,
Harborne, and Birmingham. Several of his works are in Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery,
having been donated by Joseph Henry Nettlefold; on the condition it opened on Sundays.
His work can also be seen at the British Museum, the Tate Gallery, and in Manchester, Newcastle,
Liverpool, Edinburgh, Oxford and Cambridge. The Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight shows a
number of Cox's watercolours bought by Lever through James Orrock. An exhibition of his work
was held at the Yale Center for British Art in the USA in 2008, travelling to Birmingham in 2009.
His pupils included Birmingham architectural artist, Allen Edward Everitt (1824-1882).

Harlech Castle by David Cox Snr

Harlech Castle (c1840)


25.5cm x 36cm (10.0" x 14.2")

Frame size 46 x 55 cm

Study, Figures and Tree by David Cox Snr

Study, Figures and Tree (c1850)

Oil on card

10.5cm x 9cm (4.1" x 3.5")


Awaiting cleaning and framing

Crossing The Sands by David Cox Snr

Crossing The Sands (c1850)

Oil on canvas laid down on card

18cm x 26cm (7.1" x 10.2")


Horsemen at roadside cottage by David Cox Snr

Horsemen at roadside cottage (1843)


16cm x 24cm (6.3" x 9.4")

Signed & dated

Framed size 35 x 41.5 cm

St. Michael's Old Church, Betws y Coed by David Cox Snr

St. Michael's Old Church, Betws y Coed (c1840)

Waterclolour and Charcoal

11.5cm x 16cm (4.5" x 6.3")

Crossing the moors by David Cox Snr

Crossing the moors (c1840)


12cm x 17cm (4.7" x 6.7")


Over the Bridge, North Wales. by David Cox Snr

Over the Bridge, North Wales. (c1840)

Pen & Wash

15.5cm x 21.5cm (6.1" x 8.5")

Ulverston Sands by David Cox Snr

Ulverston Sands (c1830)

Pen & Wash

15cm x 21cm (5.9" x 8.3")


River scene with Barge by David Cox Snr

River scene with Barge (c1820)


12.5cm x 20cm (4.9" x 7.9")

325.00 GBP


Indistinctly signed, In new frame and mount

Moonlight by David Cox Snr

Moonlight (1840)

Coloured Aquatint Etching

19cm x 28.5cm (7.5" x 11.2")

165.00 GBP


Full title, Moonlight on the Thames near Chertsey, Republished 1840 by S & J Fuller, Period Frame

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