George IV Embarking for Scotland at Greenwich

David Cox, 1823 first exhibited

WAG 7013

About this object

John Lewis Roget (1828 - 1908), author of 'History of the Old Watercolour Society', noted that that 'George IV Embarking for Scotland at Greenwich' attracted special admiration at the 1823 Watercolour Society exhibition. 'The Times' critic did not seem to have noticed it though in his review of the exhibition. The watercolour was considered unusual for Cox because of it's elaborate composition and picturesque treatment of the scene.

The watercolour commemorates the first visit of a reigning monarch to Scotland since the reign of Charles II.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    David Cox (British: English, born:29 April 1783, died:7 June 1859)
  • Date
    1823 first exhibited
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Gouache; Wove paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 69 cm x 107 cm
  • Physical description
    A busy view of the River Thames on the day of George IV's embarktion for Scotland. The right hand side of the composition is dominated by the English Baroque architecture of the Old Royal Naval College. A Union Jack flag is flying at full mast from the roof. The boat, the 'Royal George', emerges from the right with a man standing on the bow of the ship waving a flag. In the foreground and beyond is the river Thames, crowded with sailing vessels filled with people.
  • Related people
    Agnew's Gallery (Previous owner); John Allnutt (Previous owner); Thomas Brassey (Previous owner); David Cox (Artist/maker); Fine Art Society (Previous owner); J A Hunt (Previous owner); Liverpool City Council Estates Committee (Previous owner); Rupert H Turner (Previous owner); J Webster (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 7013
  • Credit line
    Transferred to the Walker Art Gallery from the Liverpool City Council's Estates Committee in 1967
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

Explore related

Publications

  • Early English Drawings and Watercolours in the Walker Art Gallery

    Edward Morris & Timothy Stevens

    Author: Edward Morris & Timothy Stevens
    Publisher: Liverpool Letterpress Limited, Member of the Steel House Press
    Date: 1968
    Description: Catalogue of Early English Drawings and Watercolours in the Walker Art Gallery collection

  • The Triumph of Watercolour, The early years of the Royal Watercolour Society 1805-55

    Timothy Wilcox

    Author: Timothy Wilcox
    Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers
    Date: 2005
    Description: Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, 2005.

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Liverpool City Council Estates Committee

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1967
    Disposal method: Transferred to the Walker Art Gallery from the Estates Committee of Liverpool City Council in 1967
  • Rupert H Turner

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Fine Art Society

    Owned from: 1948
    How acquired: Bought at Sotherby's lot 62, 24/11/1948
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Thomas Brassey

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1948
    Disposal method: Sold at Sotherby's 24/11/1948,Lot 62
  • Agnew's Gallery

    Owned from: 1863
    How acquired: Bought at Christie's 19/06/1863 £210 0s. 0d.
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • John Allnutt

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1863
    Disposal method: Sold at Christie's on 19 June 1863, part of lot 325
  • J A Hunt

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • J Webster

    Owned from: 1825
    How acquired: Bought from the Old Watercolour Society
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Fine Art
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