David Cox


Watering the Herd, North Wales - 1848 oil on canvas 13⅛ h × 21 w in (33 × 53 cm)Signed and dated to lower left ‘David Cox 1848’.

David Cox (29 April 1783 – 7 June 1859) was an English landscape painter, one of the most important members of the Birmingham School of landscape artists[1] and an early precursor of Impressionism.[2]

He is considered one of the greatest English landscape painters, and a major figure of the Golden age of English watercolour.[3]

Although most popularly known for his works in watercolour, he also painted over 300 works in oil towards the end of his career,[4] now considered "one of the greatest, but least recognised, achievements of any British painter."[5]

His son, known as David Cox the Younger (1809–1885), was also a successful artist.