DAVID COX, Sen., O.W.S.
Private Collection, UK
This watercolour was painted around 1854. Cox had visited Rhyl in the August of that year and produced a number of sketches there. He painted an oil, signed and dated 1854-5 (Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery), which was bought by Mr Croft from Cox for £100, the highest sum recieved by him for a single work and described in the Art Journal, 1859, reviewing the exhibition of Cox's work after his death as 'A marvellously fresh and life-like representation. The subject little else than a large open bay with a line of sands traversed by a few figures, and the small town in the distance; but the effect of light, the motion of the silvery clouds, and the clear grey waves form one of the most beautiful representations we have ever seen. It is painted in a remarkably free manner, and must be looked at from a distance.'
Another watercolour of Rhyl Sands is in the Victoria and Albert Museum.