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David Cox

David Cox was born in Deritend, Birmingham, on April 29th 1783 and became one of the most important figures of British Art during the so-called Golden Age of watercolour painting. He was considered by his contemporaries to be rivalled only by Constable in his portrayal of nature's moods. In 1852 The Spectator claimed ." in his works there are power and insight enough to swamp all the others put together."

Between 1804 and 1808 he studied under John Varley and his first Royal Academy exhibit was in 1808. Thereafter he undertook sketching tours of Wales, Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Holland and France returning to Birmingham in 1841 where he lived in Greenfield Road, Harborne, until his death in 1859. The 1840's were the most important years of his career during which he took up oil-painting and examples of his success in oil as well as watercolour can be seen in most major UK collections including the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the British Museum, the Tate Gallery and in Manchester, Newcastle, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Oxford and Cambridge. He died on June 7th 1859 and was buried alongside his wife Mary, under a chestnut tree in the churchyard of St Peter's, Harborne.

Information compiled by Dr. Michael Cullen, Moseley, Birmingham

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