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Cozens described his 'blot' technique as a way of making

varied spots and shapes with ink on paper, producing accidental forms without lines, from which ideas are entered to the mind. To sketch is to delineate lines; blotting suggests them.

Here Cozens has initially laid down a broad grey wash. He then used his imagination whilst looking at the outline shapes; these suggested animals to him, which he brought to life by drawing broad brush lines in black ink over the grey wash. Most of Cozens's 'blots' were turned into landscapes; animal drawings such as this are rare.

August 2004