Moonlight, View on the Thames near Chertsey
Coloured aquatintrepublished 1840
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About the artist
David Cox was born in Deritend, Birmingham; the son of a blacksmith. He trained under Joseph Barber. He was a scene painter in Birmingham and later at Astley’s Theatre, London. He exhibited watercolours at the Royal Academy from 1805 and wrote several painting manuals. In 1808, he married and moved to Dulwich, where his son was born. He became drawing-master at the Military College, Farnham, before moving to Herefordshire to teach at a girl’s school. In 1826 he travelled to Belgium and Holland, later visiting northern France. He returned to London in 1827 and studied oil painting under Müller. He moved to Greenfield House, Birmingham, in 1841. From 1844 he regularly visited Betws-y-coed, Caernarvonshire. He died in Birmingham, aged 76.
Richard Reeve was an aquatint engraver, mostly of sporting subjects (hunting and racing scenes) after works by contemporary artists. He studied at the Royal Academy Schools and lived and worked in London. He was the father of aquatint engravers Richard Gilson Reeve (1803-1889) and Augustus William Reeve (born 1807). Some later works, apparently by Richard, may in fact be by his son Richard Gilson.