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ID number:  BIRBI-2015.6
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Cox, David (1783-1859)
Title / Object name:  Farmer on Horseback Passing a Windmill
Object type:  Watercolour
Culture:  British
Date made:  19th century
Materials:  Watercolour
Measurements:  283 x 400 mm; paper support: 345 x 462 mm
Provenance:  Agnew's, London, stock no. DB5337.

Birds circle the calm skies as a farmer slowly rides his horse past a windmill. The low horizon and large sky is typical of Cox’s preoccupation with depicting changeable weather and atmosphere, and he returned to the theme of the travelling farmer numerous times. The soft greens and blues together with a careful balancing of the central figure with the windmill create a peaceful scene. Windmills were landmarks for travellers, and the prominence of the example in this composition could signify safe travel.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Signed in watercolour 'David Cox' lower right edge.

Notes:  Probably 1810-1850

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