On the Thames

On the Thames

c. 1827-1829

David Cox

(British, 1783-1859)

Watercolor with graphite and scraping

Overall: 19.8 x 27.1 cm (7 13/16 x 10 11/16 in.)

Gift of the Painting and Drawing Society of The Cleveland Museum of Art 2005.201

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One of the great champions of watercolor painting during the first half of the 19th century, David Cox is most celebrated for his atmospheric landscapes that convey a sense of movement and light as effected by nature’s ever-shifting moods. Here, translucent streaks of blue and gray in the sky suggest movement among the clouds, and small dashes of color throughout the foreground trees create a sense of rustling vegetation. Reflections on the river’s surface shimmer with light.

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