Circle Of David Cox Senior, The Woodcutters

Circle Of David Cox Senior, The Woodcutters

A charming 19th-century English depiction of woodcutters working in a forest alongside their families.

Towards the centre of the composition, a figure drags his axe overhead - poised to bring it down with force. The broad tree before him bears the marks of his endeavours. While, in the foreground, a woman rests alongside a child while two more play behind her. Perhaps these are related to the woodcutter and watching their father at work.

The theme is synonymous with a certain type of mid to late 19th-century landscape painting in Britain. With the demand for landscapes ever-increasing, painters would scour the regions looking for scenes, spots and shades.

And the brushwork is reminiscent of the Birmingham painter, David Cox Senior (1783-1859) so it’s plausible that the artist knew him. Cox was a prominent member of the ’Birmingham School’ and he painted in a stripped-down style by removing details and employing generalisations.

The painting is housed within a period frame.

Medium: Oil on board
Overall size: 14½” x 16½” / 37cm x 42cm
Year of creation: c. 1850
Provenance: England
Condition: Very presentable. Frame with light wear.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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