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 David Cox, the Elder  (1783 - 1859)

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Lived/Active: United Kingdom      Known for: landscape, figure in landscape paintings

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David Cox was a distinguished British landscape painter of watercolor and later in life, oils. 

Born at Detitend, near Birmingham, Cox exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy from 1805. He was President of the Associated Artists in Watercolour in 1810 and was elected a Member of the Society in 1813. 

Cox lived in Hereford and London from 1817 to 1840, while continuing to visit Birmingham and exhibiting at the Birmingham Society of Artists.  Cox relied largely on teaching at Military Staff College, Farnham and Miss Croucher’s girl’s school in Hereford to support himself and his family.  He wrote several treatises on landscape painting in watercolor including Ackermann’s 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 his Series of Progressive Lessons was published in 1845.

Among his most famous paintings are The Welsh Funeral and Rhyl Sands.  His works are in many prestigious venues such as the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge, National Gallery of Art, Harvard University Art Museum, Indiana University Art Museum, Tate Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, and Philadelphia Museum of Art.


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