Birmingham 1783-1859 Birmingham
View of a Country Villa
Watercolour over pencil with black ink and pencil
250 x 387 mm., 9 ¾ x 15 ¼ in.
This has traditionally been called a view of Basford House, Nottingham, the home of the historian and newspaper editor Thomas Bailey (1785-1856) but Basford was built in 1739 whereas the present house dates from the early nineteenth century.
Stylistically this work dates from the mid 1830s when Cox was living in Hereford and presumably it was drawn as a commission.
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