David Cox (1783-1859) was an English landscape painter, one of the most important members of the Birmingham School of landscape artists, and an early precursor of Impressionism. He is considered amongst the greatest English landscape painters, and a major figure of the Golden age of English watercolour. Although most popularly known for his works in watercolour, he also painted over 300 works in oil towards the end of his career.
By the late 18th century Birmingham had developed a network of private Academies teaching drawing and painting, established to support the needs of the town's manufacturers of luxury metal goods, but also encouraging education in fine art, and nurturing the distinctive tradition of landscape art of the Birmingham School. Cox initially enrolled in the Academy of Joseph Barber in Great Charles Street, where fellow students included the artist Charles Barber and the engraver William Radclyffe, both of whom would become important lifelong friends. In 1813 Cox was elected a Member of the Society of Painters in Water Colour, and exhibited there every year until his death.
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