Alexander Cozens

The Lake of Nemi

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Alexander Cozens 1717–1786
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 250 × 383 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 began this drawing by applying a broad wash in the main areas of sky and the hills surrounding the lake, which was formed in the crater of an extinct volcano. He then used a brush loaded with dark brown-black ink loosely to describe the features of the landscape; in some places he used a brush that had almost run dry of ink. Cozens's use of a mixture of brown and black ink contrasts with his other drawings in this section, where he has used washes of a single colour to give either warm or cool tones to his drawing.

Gallery label, August 2004

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