John Robert Cozens
View from Isola Borromea, Lago Maggiore c.1783

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John Robert Cozens 1752–1797
View from Isola Borromea, Lago Maggiore
Date c.1783
Medium Watercolour and graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 264 x 383 mm
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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This watercolour is one of a series of drawings commissioned by William Beckford. Cozens started making watercolours of Italian subjects for Beckford as early as 1780 and two years later accompanied him to Italy. Beckford, the young author and millionaire, was a friend and patron of Cozens’s father, the artist Alexander Cozens. In Italy, John Robert Cozens filled his sketchbooks with small studies, which he later worked up into finished watercolours. These proved influential on the young JMW Turner, who probably made a copy of Cozens’s original study for this work.

April 2007