Alexander Cozens

River, Hills and Road

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Alexander Cozens 1717–1786
Watercolour and ink on paper
Support: 165 × 237 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 loosely sketched this scene with a soft pencil before adding the grey washes. Fine pen and brown ink lines have been drawn over the wash to define the distant hills using short dashes and rounded strokes, which contrast with the broad parallel line work used in central and foreground areas. Cozens has chased his pen and brown ink lines with a dilute brown ink wash, notably through the left section which has caused the denser pen lines to 'bleed' in areas.

Gallery label, August 2004

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