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David Cox the Elder Watercolour Upper Lledr Valley North Wales
  • David Cox the Elder Watercolour Upper Lledr Valley North Wales
  • David Cox the Elder Watercolour Upper Lledr Valley North Wales
  • David Cox the Elder Watercolour Upper Lledr Valley North Wales

David Cox the Elder Watercolour Upper Lledr Valley North Wales

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£2,500.00


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Seen from the fringes of the gwydyr forest, the watercolour shows a view of the upper Lledr valley, near to where it meets the Conwy River.

The ‘Ty Mawr Wybrnant’(Big House), with its two chimneys can be seen in the distance, as can the western slope of Moel Siabod. A selection of figures shuffle about in the foreground.

David Cox the Elder (1783-1859) was a British watercolourist, whose swift, rugged brushstrokes anticipated the impressionism which would dominate Western landscape painting during the next century.

This watercolour, a fine example of his later work, was likely made on one of his yearly tours of North Wales, taken between 1842 and 1856. According to Laura M. Giles of Princeton University Art Museum, “he was particularly drawn to the small village of Bettws-y-Coed, near the junction of the rivers Conwy, Lugwy, and Lledr.

The provenance is as fascinating as the painting. It was bought at the Quilter sale of 1875 by Thomas Agnew & Sons. At 53 pounds - a Turner or Constable would have cost them less. The company daybook in the National Gallery Archives, record its sale to Albert Levey on the very next day, for a modest profit of 3 pounds. Levey would sell it a year later at a loss of 10 pounds. This turn of events illustrate the improbably high prices and manic interest in Cox’s work, which peaked with the Quilter Sale in 1875. Adjusted for inflation, the 56 pounds Levy Paid in 1875, would equal around 6000 pounds in 2018.


Provenance

Collection of Norman Wilkinson, Esq.
Quilter Sale Christie’s 8th April 1875 (lot 42)
Bought by Agnews for £53,11,0
Sold to Albert Levy for £56,4,6
Albert Levy Sale Christie’s 6th April 1876 (lot 201)
Bought by William Permain for £46,4,0

Size of Frame: 48 x 38.5 x 2.8cm (19 x 15¼”)
Size of Paper: (11 x 7.5”)
Weight: 1.8kg

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