Rhyl was a beach was a seaside holiday resort on the North coast of Wales, conveniently located for visitors from the English industrial midlands. Cox was one of a number of fine British 19th Century watercolourists who would be better appreciated if their works could be exhibited without becoming faded. Under the cut an oil-painting of the same place; not quite as good as the watercolour, but pleasantly bleak. These remind me of Boudin's French seaside paintings.
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