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David Cox, 1783–1859

Rotterdam: The Church of St. Lawrence

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Materials & Techniques:
Graphite on medium, smooth, cream wove paper
Sheet: 8 3/8 × 11 3/8 inches (21.3 × 28.9 cm)

Inscribed with notes in the artist's hand in graphite throughout drawing, upper left: "X A"; upper center: "X green bl[ind]"; upper right: "X green blind"; from left to right in drawing: "yellow", "dark wood[?]", "pantiles", "BR pantiles", "White", "old brick", "Blue slate"; [letters BR and X in various buildings to designate colors brown, red and green respectively]; in graphite, verso, center: "41".

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
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Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
buildings | church | cityscape | sailboat | tower (building division)
Associated Places:
Europe | Netherlands | Rotterdam
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IIIF Manifest:

In the late spring of 1826, Cox traveled to Brussels with his son and brother-in-law. There he met the Hoptons of Canon Frome, friends from Hereford. Leaving his son and brother-in-law to return to England together, Cox went on with the Hoptons to tour Ghent, Antwerp, Dort (Dordrecht), Rotterdam, Delft, The Hague, Leiden, Amsterdam, and Haarlem. Cox’s biographer Nathaniel Neal Solly records that he made many drawings, mostly in graphite pencil, like this one of the early-sixteenth-century Laurens Kerk in Rotterdam. Only a few such drawings have been identified, however.

Gallery label for Sun, Wind, and Rain - The Art of David Cox (Yale Center for British Art, 2008-10-16 - 2009-01-04)

Sun, Wind, and Rain - The Art of David Cox (Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, 2009-01-31 - 2009-05-03) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Sun, Wind, and Rain - The Art of David Cox (Yale Center for British Art, 2008-10-16 - 2009-01-04) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Scott Wilcox, Sun, wind, and rain : the art of David Cox, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2008, pp. 11, 170-1, no. 38, NJ18 .C829 W542 + Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

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