This landscape painting illustrates figures in mourning at a funeral at the bottom of a hill near Betws-y-Coed, in the mountains of Caernarvonshire, North Wales.
A Welsh Funeral, Betwys-y-Coed
54 x 74.9 cm
Oil on paper
Date of work
Original: Oil on paper, 54 x 74.9 cm ® Tate, London
David Cox was born near Birmingham, the son of blacksmith. Aged fifteen, he was apprenticed to a miniature painter then became a scene-painter but later abandoned scene-painting, taking water-colour lessons.. Throughout his lifetime he made numerous sketching tours to the home counties, North Wales, Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Devon. His pictures never sold for high prices, and his earned his living chiefly as a drawing-master.