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Three diaries of holidays in Sussex, Hampshire and Wiltshire, kept by John Cox, copper-plate printer of London

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MS. 6994/1-3
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[MS. 6994/1] 'Five Weeks at Hastings August & Sept 1813'. 58 leaves, including

  1. (fol. 14v) visit to Ashburnham house, where Cox was shown the shirt worn by Charles I at his execution, 'of which I took a scrap'
  2. (fol. 23) ink and watercolour sketch of the Govers near Hastings

[MS. 6994/2] 'A Months Excursion to Southampton Lymington & Salisbury Aug 23 to Sept 21 1821'. 68 leaves, including rough pencil sketches of

  1. (fol. 6) 'Maison Dieu' and the 'old stairs in the quadrangle' [God's House Hospital]
  2. (fol. 13) Hurst Castle
  3. (fols. 31v and 32v rev.) parts of Southampton town walls
  4. (fols. 34v-35, inside back cover) uncaptioned sketches of a medieval font and cover, the Wool House in Southampton, and sedilia

[MS. 6994/3] Brighton, Worthing, Arundel, August and September 1822. 64 leaves, including rough sketches of

  1. (inside front cover) uncaptioned, probably Arundel Castle
  2. (fol. 13) 'Specimens of windows in Broadwater Church'
  3. (fols. 18v-19) tower, font, and carvings [Sompting]
  4. (fol. 19v) 'S.E. View of Sumpting [Sompting] Church ... Sept 3 1822'
  5. (fol. 20v) 'N. View Taring [Tarring] Ch. - Sept 2 1822'
  6. (fol. 28v-29) 'N. transept E. side' and 'Font in Broadwater Ch. Sept 2 1822'
  7. (fol. 29v) 'S. View of Thomas a Beckets House Taring - Sept 2 1822'
  8. (fol. 30) view of [Broadwater] church and detail of stall
  9. (fol. 30v) 'Broadwater S.E. from turn leading to Sumpting'
  10. (fol. 31) 'Taring Ch & Higdown[?] [Highdown] Hill from a turn leading to Broadwater'
  11. (fol. 31v) 'Hove Ch S.E. - Augt 1822' [Hove Old church]
  12. (fol. 33v) 'Mrs C[?]chs mon[umen]t New Brighton Ch Yard 1822' [Anna Maria Crouch]
  13. (fol. 35) 'Font in St John the Baptists Southam'

On 6 Sep (fol. 27) Cox meets an antiquary sketching with a camera lucida in Broadwater church 'who told me he answered the late Mr Carter's paper in Gent Mag on S. Dennis Cathed[ral]'. This may have been John Sidney Hawkins (1758-1842) who conducted a dispute on Gothic architecture with John Carter in the Gentleman's Magazine in 1814.


  • Creation: 1813, 1821-1822


3 Volumes

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 6694/1, fol. 23].

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MS. 6994/1-3

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CMD ID 6994


Diaries of holidays in Sussex, Hampshire and Wiltshire, kept by John Cox, 1813-1822

Biographical / Historical

John Cox (c1770-1825) was a principal in the firm of Cox, Barnett, and Co., copper-plate printers. According to his obituary in the Gentleman's Magazine of February 1825 (p. 186), his address was Bream's buildings, Chancery Lane, and he was 54 years of age at his death. He oversaw the publication of engravings in many publications of the period, so that "to the careful superintendance and taste of this gentleman, is owing much of the graphical beauty of many of the splendidly decorated works which have appeared during the last thirty years." The Gentleman's Magazine mentions works published by the "Society of Antiquaries, the Dilettanti, and other Societies, the Topographical and Architectural works published by Taylor, and a large portion of the valuable publications of Messrs. Britton, Cooke, Neale, and others." He was interested in British architecture and antiquarianism, and had accumulated a library on these subjects. He was also interested in music, and regularly met with friends to play the music of Handel in particular. He is described as "an active supporter and the zealous friend of most of the institutions for the relief of suffering humanity in the metropolis." All these interests and activities find echoes in the journals.

Cox married Susannah Elgie on 15 February 1791 in St George Hanover Square, London. He was the brother-in-law of the engraver James Basire the younger (1769-1822), who married his sister, Mary Cox, in 1795.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased, John Hart bookseller, Sep 2012

Physical Facet

Three 12mo volumes with contemporary marbled wrappers.

Catalogue of journals of holidays in Sussex, Hampshire and Wiltshire, kept by John Cox, copper-plate printer of London, 1813-1822
Finding aid prepared by Mike Webb
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