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Alexander Cozens

Alexander Cozens (ca. 1717–1786)
Heroic Landscape
Brush and black ink, gray-black wash, on pinkish brown prepared paper
18 3/4 x 24 1/4 inches (476 x 618 mm)
Purchased as the gift of the Fellows; 1966.6
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Cozens's debt to the French artist Claude Lorrain is evident in this idealized, Italianate landscape. The use of the large framing tree and darkened foreground are typical Claudian devices, as is the contrast of light and shadow.

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