Tuesday, 17 February 2009

MR. COX

beachTHIS IS THE BLOG OF COLIN JONES, RHYL TOWN COUNCILLOR: BODFOR WARD
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In Rhyl the number of visitors increased dramatically when the Chester to Holyhead railway arrived in the 1840s. Somewhere in the new crowds was artist David Cox who painted the picture above on Rhyl Sands in 1854. In the background you can see a steam ship known as a 'packet' and some bathing machines which were changing-rooms on wheels – they could be towed to the edge of the water by horses for convenience and privacy of bathers.

Mr. Cox painted more scenes on our beach and helped Rhyl to become more widely known in London where he exhibited regularly. He was an English landscape watercolourist of some renown. You can read about him on Wikipedia:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Cox_(artist)

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WED 14th MAR 2018 UPDATE: Below is 'The Sands At Rhyl' by David Cox. This one is dated 1856 (two years later) indicating that his stay in the district must have been quite long.


The image has been poorly reproduced. Nevertheless it is a good example of the way Mr. Cox looked at things. Note in both pictures how low down the horizon is  big sky, little people.

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