Alexander Cozens

Intermixture of the Sky with the Landscape

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Alexander Cozens 1717–1786
Graphite on paper
Support: 190 × 233 mm
frame (Royal): 447 × 598 × 25 mm
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996

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Cozens has made the sky a dominant feature in this landscape. His careful study of the cloud formations is demonstrated by the subtle variation in pencil pressure from light to dark and the predominance of lines to suggest form. In this drawing he has first loosely outlined each cloud's circular shape and then filled it in with horizontal and diagonal parallel line work. By varying the distance between each of the parallel lines he has made the clouds appear to move back and forth in the sky.

Gallery label, August 2004

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