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John Robert Cozens
LONDON 1752 - 1797
ROME FROM THE VILLA MADAMA
Watercolour over pencil, on laid paper watermarked with the fleur de lys;
signed lower left on the original wash-line mount: Jn.O Cozens 1780
205 by 300 mm
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Provenance

Sale, London, Sotheby's, 10 April 1997, lot 32,
where acquired by Bernadette and William M.B. Berger, Denver, Colorado

Catalogue Note

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).

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