John Robert Cozens
Padua after 1782

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John Robert Cozens 1752–1797
Date After 1782
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 260 x 371 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Art Fund (Herbert Powell Bequest) 1967
Not on display

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This dramatic work is based upon studies Cozens made during his second trip to Italy. Cozens travelled in the retinue of the young William Beckford. They arrived in Padua on 18 June 1782, where Cozens made a sketch of a thunderstorm, which he used as the basis for this work. In his Italian travel journal, Beckford wrote, after a visit to the church of Santa Giustina in Padua, that ‘a peal of thunder reverberated through the vaults and cupolas, as I expected would have shaken them to their foundations. The principal dome appeared invested with a sheet of fire’.

April 2007

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