Alexander Cozens
Intermixture of the Sky with the Landscape date not known

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Alexander Cozens 1717–1786
Intermixture of the Sky with the Landscape
Date Date not known
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 190 x 233 mm
frame (Royal): 447 x 598 x 25 mm
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
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Cozens has made the sky a dominant feature in this landscape. His careful study of the cloud formations is demonstrated by the subtle variation in pencil pressure from light to dark and the predominance of lines to suggest form. In this drawing he has first loosely outlined each cloud's circular shape and then filled it in with horizontal and diagonal parallel line work. By varying the distance between each of the parallel lines he has made the clouds appear to move back and forth in the sky.

August 2004

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