Travellers on a Mountain Pass

Travellers on a Mountain Pass



David Cox (1783-1859)
Travellers on a Mountain Pass, North Wales

Signed lower left: David Cox/1843
Watercolour over pencil heightened with touches of bodycolour and stopping out
26.6 by 36.6 cm., 10 ½ by 14 ¼ in.

Paul Tod, his sale, Christie's, 25th May 1956, lot 49, bt. Fine Art Society;
Bought from the Fine Art Society, London by Walter Brandt, 1957;
By descent until 2011

Ickworth House, Suffolk, Exhibition of English Watercolours of the Great Period, 1968, no.18

This watercolour, in wonderful condition, is likely to be a view taken at or near Penmaen Mawr on the Welsh coast several miles south-west of Conway. It was a steep cliff top road and a popular subject matter for Cox in the 1840s. From 1842, Cox made an almost yearly trip to North Wales and particularly the area around Bettws-y-Coed. In August of that year, he visited Conway and Betws.