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Cloud study (after Alexander Cozens' 'Engravings of Skies')
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Cloud study (after Alexander Cozens' 'Engravings of Skies')

Circa 1822-23

Artist
John Constable (1776 - 1837)

After Alexander Cozens (1717 - 1786)

Height: 9.4 cm; Width: 11.5 cm;

Inscription
Collector's mark
Inscription
Inscription, 7 The same as the last. but darker at the / bottom than the Top. //

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Lee of Fareham, Arthur Hamilton (1st Viscount); gift; 1932 (12 December)
D.1932.LF.35

About this work
At around the same time Constable devoted himself to painting cloud studies from Hampstead Heath, he also made pencil copies of twenty drawings of skies from Alexander Cozens’s 1785 treatise A New Method of Assisting the Invention in Drawing Original Compositions of Landscape, even copying out the inscriptions. Cozens’s publication reflects the increasingly scientific understanding of clouds, which Constable balanced with an appreciation of their poetic qualities as well as direct observation from nature. (Permanent collection label)



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