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Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey

c. late 1840s-1857

David Cox

(British, 1783-1859)

Watercolor

Sheet: 48.8 x 75.4 cm (19 3/16 x 29 11/16 in.)

Bequest of James Parmelee 1940.552

Description

This moody, broadly painted watercolor on rough, brown paper is emblematic of Cox’s late style. Velvety grays and greens throughout the composition shift almost imperceptibly and streaks of blue wash, describing the distant hills and sky, are pierced by a sliver of brilliant yellow at the horizon. The ruined 12th-century priory is relegated to the background, nearly lost in the twilight.

See also
Collection: 
DR - British
Department: 
Drawings
Type of artwork: 
Drawing
Medium: 
Watercolor

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