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This finished watercolour is based on a study Cozens made on the spot, and is one of a number of his compositions of Lake Nemi. The view looks from above the lake towards the ancient hill town of Genzano, one of the ‘Castelli Romani’ nestling in the Alban hills to the south of Rome. Formed from a volcanic crater, Lake Nemi was one of the most popular sites for artists and those on the Grand Tour to visit, because of its natural beauty and its close association with Roman history and mythology.

April 2007