Lot 203
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David Cox R.W.S.

Estimate
5,000 - 7,000 USD
Sold
22,500 USD
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Description

  • David Cox R.W.S.
  • Landscape with a gypsy tent
  • signed and dated lower left: David Cox/1848.
  • oil on panel
  • 9 by 14 in.; 22.9 by 35.6 cm.

Provenance

Edwin Bullock, Hawthorn House, Handsworth, Birmingham;
His deceased sale, London, Christie's, 23 May 1870, lot 271, for £89.50 to Agnew's for Messrs. Murrieta;
Their sale ("The Murrieta Collection"), London, Christie's, 30 April 1892, lot 85, (incorrectly as dated 1840) for £126 to Agnew;
With Thos. Agnew, London;
By whom sold to J. Orrell in December, 1892;
Charles Stuart Smith, New York (until died 1909);
By descent to his son, Howard Caswell Smith, Oyster Bay, NY (died 1965);
By descent to Mary Phelps Smith, Oyster Bay, NY;
By whom given to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in memory of her husband, Howard Caswell Smith, in 1965 (Inv. no. 65.258.2).

Literature

J. C. Neve, Working papers towards a catalogue raisonné of David Cox's oil paintings, n.d. [after 1948], unpaginated, (as from the collections of Edwin Bullock [bought from the artist], 1870, and Messrs. de Murrieta, 1892);
T. B. Brumbaugh, "David Cox in American Collections," in Connoisseur 197 February 1978, p. 83, no. 8, reproduced p. 86;
K. Baetjer, European Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art by artists born before 1865, A Summary Catalogue, New York 1980, vol. I, p. 36, reproduced vol. II, p. 278;
K. Baetjer, European Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art by artists born before 1865, A Summary Catalogue, New York 1995, p. 205, reproduced;
S. Wilcox, Sun, Wind, and Rain, The Art of David Cox, exhibition catalogue, New Haven 2008, p. 199, under cat. no. 73;
K. Baetjer, British Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1575–1875, New York 2009, pp. 248-249, cat. no. 119, reproduced.

Catalogue Note

This oil sketch was acquired directly from the artist by Edwin Bullock, a Birmingham industrialist, who was an avid collector of Cox’s work.  Bullock had paintings by Cox dating to almost every year from 1840 to 1853, and he most likely added this painting to his collection shortly after it was finished.  In 1849, Bullock commissioned Cox to decorate his summerhouse at Hawthorn House, the designs for which are in the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery.
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