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David Cox, R.W.S
BIRMINGHAM 1783 - 1859
POWIS PARK, MONTGOMERYSHIRE, WALES
Watercolour over pencil, heightened with bodycolour, scratching out, gum arabic and stopping out 
583 by 847 mm
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Provenance

Sir John Fowler, 1st Bt. (1817-1898);
his sale, London, Christie's, 1899;
Probably Sir John Barran, 2nd Bt. (1872-1952);
with Agnew's, London;
sale, London, Sotheby's, 8 April 1998, lot 86,
where acquired by Bernadette and William M.B. Berger, Denver, Colorado

Catalogue Note

N. Neil Solly in his Life of David Cox, published in 1873, notes that Cox first visited Powis Castle, the seat of Lord Clive, in 1837. Solly wrote that 'at Powis Castle, Hardwick Hall, and similar places, Cox appeared to be quite at home, and well known to the stewards, gardeners etc. who all seemed pleased to see him. He was in the habit, too, of walking about quite unattended, wherever he liked'.

Six watercolours of the castle, the park and the terraces appeared among his exhibited works at the Society of Painters in Water-Colour, three in 1838, two in 1842, another in 1844. It is likely that the present watercolour, given its size, was one of these. 

1. N.N. Solly, Memoir of the Life of David Cox, London 1873, p. 85

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