John Robert Cozens
Lake Nemi with a Distant View of Genzano (and Monte Circeo)
John Robert Cozens
Lake Nemi with a Distant View of Genzano (and Monte Circeo), 1778-1790
Watercolor applied with brush, graphite
37.2 x 53.2 cm (14 5/8 x 20 15/16 inches)
Anonymous Gift 70.118.19
(September 1, 2011 – June 3, 2012)
In the later 18th-century John Robert Cozens began to extend the expressive possibilities of the watercolor medium, conveying an emotional response to nature. His many views of Italy, generated from studies he made on his trip there between 1776 and 1779, were extremely influential for British landscape artists of the following generations. The balance of the composition and its measured recession into space refers to the classical compositional formulae of earlier artists Claude Lorrain and Nicolas Poussin, but Cozens’s composition retains little relationship to the technique of topographical drawing found in other works in this gallery. Cozens’s watercolor washes instead emphasize the lyrical quality of diffused light and the impression of atmosphere.(May 27 –August 14, 2005)
Between 1776 and 1779, Cozens accompanied Richard Payne Knight (1750-1824) antiquarian, connoisseur, and collector, on the Grand Tour through Switzerland to Rome. Cozens sketched continuously on the journey and throughout the next decade worked from these studies (subsequently part of the Knight collection) to produce distinctly styled watercolors, such as this one, primarily in blue grays contrasted with soft browns. There are at least nine compositions of Lake Nemi looking toward the Swiss town of Genzano, a popular subject.
Edited ByWoolsey, Ann, ed.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 2008
TypeMonographs and CollectionsSelection IIBritish Watercolors and Drawings from the Museum's Collection
Contributions byCormack, Malcolm
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1972
TypeExhibition CatalogueA Handbook of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
Edited ByWoodward, Carla M., and Franklin W. Robinson, eds.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1988
TypeMonographs and Collections