Sale, London, Sotheby's, 10 April 1997, lot 32, where acquired by Bernadette and William M.B. Berger, Denver, Colorado
Cozens painted this watercolour in 1780, only a few months after his return from his tour of Italy with Richard Payne Knight. Cozens was captivated by Rome and its environs and based himself there between November 1776 and April 1779.
The Villa Madama is situated on the slopes of Monte Mario to the west of Rome. It was built by Cardinal Giulio de’ Medici to the designs of Antonio da Sangallo (1484-1546) and contains frescos by Giulio Romano (1499-1546).
The work is well preserved and easy to read. Some of the more delicate pigments may have soften with time and the work may have been lightly cleaned in the past. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."