Alexander Cozens

Harbour Scene, a Tower on the Right

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Alexander Cozens 1717–1786
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 158 x 204 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T08831

Display caption

The lines describing the horizon of this landscape, drawn with the tip of an ink-charged brush, may have been traced from one of Cozens's 'blot' drawings. This work contains a rich variety of brush work, from the thin dark fluid lines in the background to the broad, almost dry brush technique used quickly to suggest the foreground rocks and tower. Cozens's use of long, rounded horizontal strokes to suggest the stone of the tower is particularly interesting. The richness of the dense black ink contrasts strongly with the warm colour of Cozens's tinted background.

Gallery label, August 2004

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