• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 5860

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours

    11 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 398

    David Cox, Sen., O.W.S. (Birmingham 1783-1859)

    Harlech Castle looking north to Snowdon, North Wales, with an artist sketching beneath a parasol, labourers below

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    David Cox, Sen., O.W.S. (Birmingham 1783-1859)
    Harlech Castle looking north to Snowdon, North Wales, with an artist sketching beneath a parasol, labourers below
    signed 'David Cox' (lower left)
    pencil and watercolour with scratching out on paper
    7 3/8 x 11¾ in. (18.3 x 29.9 cm.)


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    Thomas Roscoe recorded at Harlech that the 'walls are lofty, towering above the marsh and sea, and from the summit is beheld a splendid prospect...the range of Snowdon hills, soaring far above the other mountains, now bright, now half surrounded in the veils of clouds' (cited in Spink, exhibition catalogue, London, 1997, no. 26).

    Rather than focusing on the castle itself, Cox has chosen to depict the broad marsh of Morfa Harlech that stretches out below into the distance before the towering heights of Snowdon. He also pays tribute to the inspiration which artists drew from the site, by showing the tiny figure of a painter sketching away beneath a parasol.

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    Provenance

    John Mitchell, by 1860.
    Charles T. Jacoby, by 1890.
    with Spink, London.


    Exhibited

    Birmingham, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, A Special Collection of Works by David Cox, 1890, no. 40.