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  • For many Grand Tourists the trip across the Alps provided a sublime prelude to the civilized pleasures of Italy. In 1776 John Robert Cozens crossed the Alps and traveled in Italy with the connoisseur, collector, and classical scholar Richard Payne Knight. Payne Knight was an aficionado of sublimity in landscape, who would later make his own significant contributions to the growing body of literature on aesthetics and landscape. On their trip of immediately after, Cozens produced for Payne Knight a series of fifty-seven monochrome drawings of Swiss views, five of which are in the Yale Center for British Art. Near Chiavenna in the Grissons, Cozens's most dramatic and sublime expression of alpine scenery, was not created for Payne Knight, not was the 1776 drawing (now in the Leeds City Art Gallery) on which Cozens based this impressive watercolor part of the Payne Knight set. Nonetheless, Payne Knight's preoccupation with the sublime landscape may well be reflected in Cozens's composition, which exaggerates the scale of the mountains to enhance the awesome grandeur of the scene. In the angular, almost abstract treatment of the rocky forms, Cozens also shows a debt to the fantastic mountainous landscapes of his father, Alexander Cozens.
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  • Bibliograpic reference :: British Art at Yale, Apollo, v.105, no. 182, April 1977, pp. 270, 272-3, fig. 7, N5220 M552 A7 1977 OVERSIZE (YCBA) , Published as April 1977 issue of Apollo; all of the articles may also be found in bound Apollo Volume [N1 A54 105:2 +]
  • Bibliograpic reference :: C.F. (Charles Francis) Bell, The Drawings And Sketches of John Robert Cozens, A Catalogue With An Historical Introduction, Volume of the Walpole Society, vol. 23, 1934-1935, p. 35, no. 47, N12 W35 A1 (LC)+ Oversize (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Graham Reynolds, English Landscape 1630-1850, Apollo, vol.105, no. 182, April 1977, pp. 270, 272-3, fig. 7, N1 A54 105:2 + (YCBA) , Another copy of this article may be found in a separately bound and catalogued copy of this issue located on the Mellon Shelf [call number : N5220 M552 A7 1977 + (YCBA)]
  • Bibliograpic reference :: John Gage, Zwei Jahrhunderte englische Malerei, britische Kunst und Europa 1680 bis 1880 : [Ausstellung] Haus der Kunst Mèunchen, 21. November 1979 bis 27. Januar 1980: [Katalog], Ausstellungsleitung Haus der Kunst Mèunchen, Mèunchen, 1979, pp. 174-75, no. 76, fig. 76, ND466 Z85 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Kim Sloan, Alexander and John Robert Cozens, the poetry of landscape, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1986, pp. 123, 124-25, pl. 138, NJ18 C83 S56 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Simon Schama, The Yale Centre for British Art, TLS, the Times Literary Supplement, Issue no. 3923, May 20, 1977, p. 620, Film S748 (SML) , Also avaiable online in TLS Historical Archive (ORBIS)
  • Dimension height :: 42.5cm
  • Dimension width :: 62.2cm
  • Exhibition :: Alexander and J. R. Cozens
  • Exhibition :: British Painting and the European Continent
  • Exhibition :: English Landscape (Paul Mellon Collection) 1630-1850
  • Exhibition :: Past Time - Geology in European and American Art
  • Exhibition :: The Art of Alexander and John Robert Cozens
  • Exhibition :: The Line of Beauty : British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century
  • Located in :: New Haven
  • Located in :: Not on view
  • Located in :: Yale Center for British Art
  • Object type :: drawing
  • Object type :: watercolor
  • Subject Concept :: clouds
  • Subject Concept :: landscape
  • Subject Concept :: mountains
  • Subject Concept :: people
  • Subject Concept :: rocks
  • Subject Event :: Grand Tour
  • Subject Event :: fires
  • Subject Place :: Campagna
  • Subject Place :: Chiavenna
  • Subject Place :: Grisons
  • Subject Place :: Italy
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  • Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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  • Near Chiavenna in the Grisons
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