Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome
John Robert Cozens (1752-1797)
Watercolour and grey ink washes with some drawing with the point of a brush in dark grey ink over graphite with traces of squaring up with graphite on paper
Height: 36.2 cm; Width: 52.6 cm;
Signed, dated, pen and ink, lower left centre, Jn. Cozens 1780
In pencil in a later hand, verso, Castle of St
Angelo Rome [underlined] I J[colon]R Cozens 1780 / £40
Spooner, William (Mr and Mrs); bequest; 1967
About this work
An imposing fortress and prison on the banks of the river Tiber, the Castel Sant’Angelo was a favourite subject for foreign artists working in Rome in the eighteenth century. Cozens has here stripped away incidental detail, emphasising instead the castle’s forbidding bulk and its reflection in the water. Cozens’s sombre palette and expressive, painterly handling of watercolour strongly influenced younger British artists.
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