United Kingdom: Ca. 1840s. A lovely ink and wash watercolor view of an old stone bridge spanning a small river, two people visible at the top, and a soft blue impressionistic landscape in the distance. The bridge has three rounded arches, and a wide curving balustraded approach. The watercolor is titled in pencil at the lower left "Perry Bridge", not signed, but attributed to David Cox.
David Cox senior (1783-1859), British landscape painter, is considered to be one of the greatest English landscape painters, a central figure in the golden age of watercolor. Cox was one of the most important members of the Birmingham School of landscape painters. Along with Thomas Creswick and Thomas Baker, Cox's looser style was a precursor to the development of Impressionism. "Rhyl Sands" (Wales) of ca. 1854 by Cox is a perfect example of this.
The watercolor not signed, but with a W. J. Cross, Handsworth printed label laid down on verso, with the artist recorded as David Cox. The label with a date in red biro "1963" presumably the date that the gallery exhibited the work.
The watercolor laid down on mat board, 10 1/2 x 7", on board 12 x 10". The Tate holds a small David Cox watercolor titled 'The Bridge', of similar The mat board with traces of old adhesive around the margins, touching one small area at the upper left corner. Very good condition. Item #25578