Summary of The Oxford to London Coach
Oil on canvas painting of the Oxford to London Coach by John Cordrey, late 18th century.
This painting is an earlier work by John Cordrey in his less polished style that he delvelopd in tot he early part of the 19th century. It is a typical Cordrey painting with bay the horses moving from right to left, all in step with one another, a flat landscape behind and a dog to the left. The figures are typical Cordrey style being rather poor proportionally and wear hats too big for their heads. Despite his lack of skill in painting horses an people, Cordrey excels in his portrayal of coaches and harness. The artist may have been a coach designer as his depictons of them are very similar to coachbuilders drawings. Every last detail is painted confidently, he shows a clear knowledge of coach construction.
John Cordrey was an allusive artist. Exact birth and death dates are unknown and there is no record of where he actually lived. From his paintings one can surmise that he lived somewhere near London.
This painting is in the care of the Tolsey Museum
The Tolsey Museum