Alexander Cozens
Landscape Composition, with Cliff to Left date not known

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Alexander Cozens 1717–1786
Landscape Composition, with Cliff to Left
Date Date not known
Medium Graphite, chalk and ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 180 x 227 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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In this drawing Cozens has used pen and ink to describe the various planes in the cliff face and distant hills. His technique of short parallel lines at different angles is especially suited to the reed pen. Sketchily applied soft red chalk underdrawing is visible through the pen and ink line work. Heavier pen pressure with denser ink lines combine with the horizontal line work to give prominence to the foreground. The sky with its faint, thin, horizontal ink lines takes second place to this desolate landscape.

August 2004

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