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The Challenge: A Bull in a Storm on a Moor

Watercolour
1850s (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

David Cox (1783 - 1859) began his career painting scenery at the Theatre Royal, Birmingham. He then moved to London to study with the artist John Varley. He went on to become one of the most popular of all British watercolourists, admired by both collectors and critics.
He often depicted scenes of rain and strong winds. In this watercolour Cox attacks the sheet with his brush to achieve an aggressive and threatening effect.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Watercolour
Brief Description
Watercolour by David Cox the elder entitled 'The Challenge - A Bull in a storm on the Moor'. Great Britain, 1850s.
Physical Description
The picture is an impressionistic rendering of nature at its wildest. The downpour of rain is suggested by the broad diagonal brush strokes in which the whole picture is painted. The Welsh hills are at a distant position in the landscape and the only figure in this desolate landscape is a solitary bull. British School.
Dimensions
  • Height: 45.5cm
  • Width: 66.6cm
Style
Credit line
Bequeathed by the Rev. Chauncery Hare Townshend
Production
probably exhibited at the Old Watercolour Society, 1856
Subjects depicted
Places Depicted
Summary
David Cox (1783 - 1859) began his career painting scenery at the Theatre Royal, Birmingham. He then moved to London to study with the artist John Varley. He went on to become one of the most popular of all British watercolourists, admired by both collectors and critics.

He often depicted scenes of rain and strong winds. In this watercolour Cox attacks the sheet with his brush to achieve an aggressive and threatening effect.
Bibliographic References
  • 100 Great Paintings in The Victoria & Albert Museum. London: V&A, 1985, p.154
  • Wilcox, Scott. Sun, Wind, and Rain. The Art of David Cox New Haven, Conn. : Yale University, 2008113
  • Evans, Mark et al. Vikutoria & Arubāto Bijutsukan-zō : eikoku romanshugi kaigaten = The Romantic tradition in British painting, 1800-1950 : masterpieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum. Japan : Brain Trust, 2002
  • Coombs, Katherine British watercolours : 1750-1950 . London: V&A Publications, 2012p.75, pl.63
Collection
Accession Number
1427-1869

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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