John Robert Cozens
The Gulf of Salerno c.1790

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John Robert Cozens 1752–1797
The Gulf of Salerno
Date c.1790
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 371 x 537 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Art Fund (Herbert Powell Bequest) 1967
Not on display

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During his visit to Italy with William Beckford in 1782, Cozens spent some time sketching on the south-west coast in and around Naples. Among the most spectacular of the finished watercolours to have emerged from this time is this view of the gulf of Salerno. Typically, Cozens employs a limited palette of muted grey-green and blue, shot through by the shaft of sunlight which breaks through the clouded sky. It is in such watercolours that Cozens demonstrated his desire to express the ‘sublime’; an aesthetic movement of this time which aimed to produce an emotional response to the power and grandeur of nature.

April 2007

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