David Cox (British 1753-1859)



Travellers in the Vale of Dolwyddelan, North Wales
Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour on‘Scotch’ paper, inscribed on old mount: ‘Vale of Dolwyddelan N.W.’

21 x 29cm

Sotheby’s, 25 November 1999, lot 70;
Professor Anthony Bryer, 1999-2017

Cox painted Wales throughout his life but from 1842 his annual visits to North Wales and Betws-y-Coed became central to his oeuvre. He exhibited views of the Vale of Dolwyddelan in 1846, 1847 and 1851. His love for the wild and beautiful scenery of the area inspired his work and the present watercolour captures the drama of the landscape with the characteristic bravura of Cox’s later drawings.