• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 5860

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours

    11 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 406

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

    Old Houses at Widmore, Kent

    Price Realised  


    David Cox, Sen., O.W.S. (Birmingham 1783-1859)
    Old Houses at Widmore, Kent
    signed and dated 'D. Cox 1810' (lower left) and with inscription 'Old Houses at Widmore Kent D Cox for Mrs Swinborne (?)' (on a fragment of the old mount)
    pencil and watercolour on oatmeal paper, extended along the lower edge
    13½ x 11 in. (34.3 x 27.9 cm.)

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    This work relates closely in style and subject to the watercolours published by Cox in his Treatise on Landscape Painting in 1813. The Mrs Swinbourne referred to on the fragment of the old mount, may possibly be Julia Swinburne (1796-1893) or one of her sisters Emily or Elizabeth, competent amateur painters and the sisters of Edward and Henry Swinburne, see H. Mallalieu, The Dictionary of British Watercolour Artists up to 1920, Woodbridge, 2002, vol. II, p. 206.

    Widmore is one mile east of Bromley in what is now south London.

    We are grateful to Timothy Wilcox for his help in preparing this catalogue entry.

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    Possibly London, Society of Associated Artists in Watercolour, 1811, no. 212 as 'Cottage in Kent'.