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A ruined fort near Salerno
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A ruined fort near Salerno

Circa 1782

John Robert Cozens (1752 - 1797)

Width: 36.8 cm; Height: 25.1 cm;

Inscription, Exhibited at the Burlington / Fine Arts Club. 1922/23 / No. 29 //
Inscription, In the Bay of Salerno / Near Salerno //
Collector's mark, collector's mark of John Percy (L.1504)
Inscription, The original Study from nature / dated 7th Nov. 1782 is in / Mr Beckford SRC/C/C Vol IV p.17. //
Inscription, J.R. Cozens. / 0553 //

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Miss Dorothy Scharf; bequest; 2007 (March)

About this work
In 1782 Cozens visited Naples with the distinguished collector, William Beckford (1760-1844), for whom this watercolour, based on a pencil and wash sketch, was made. The scenery around the Gulf of Salerno, known for its stormy weather, is some of the most dramatic in the area. This watercolour is one of a number that Cozens made of rocky cliffs and castles along the coast. His ‘romantic’ subject matter and painterly handling of colour and tone had a profound influence on successive watercolourists, most notably J.M.W. Turner. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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