London from Greenwich Hill

Maker

(artist)
1752-1797

Title

London from Greenwich Hill

Date of Production

(circa) 1791 - 1793

Medium

graphite, brown ink and watercolour on wove paper

Dimensions

Height: 37 cm
Width: 53.5 cm

Accession Number

D.1967.WS.30

Mode of Acquisition

William Wycliffe Spooner, bequest, 1967

Credit

The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)

Location

Not currently on display

Keywords





Label Text

English subjects are relatively rare in Cozens’s work, but the view of London from Greenwich Park seems to have held special significance for him. This watercolour, probably made for a collector, is one of six known versions of the scene. The foreground, rich in incidental details such as a herd of white deer, partly blocks the panoramic view of London; however, the curve of the river leads the viewer’s eyes past the Isle of Dogs toward the diminutive dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, visible on the horizon.

Notes

There are five other versions of this view, which differ mainly in the number and arrangement of deer in the foreground, and belong to either 1791 (date on one of them) or at the latest to 1792-93, after which Cozens was unable to work due to illness.

Provenance

P.H. Pleydell-Bouverie; his sale, Sotheby's (London), 27 June 1956, lot 75; purchased there by the Fine Art Society; purchased there by Mr and Mrs William Wycliffe Spooner, Ilkley (1882-1967); Spooner Bequest 1967

Exhibition History

Drawings Gallery Display - Panorama, Courtauld Gallery, London, 26/09/2015-10/01/2016

British Watercolours from the Spooner Collection, Huntington Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 12/02/2005-15/05/2005; Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, 18/07/2005-23/10/2005; Hermitage Rooms, Somerset House (Courtauld), London, 16/11/2005-12/02/2006

The Northern Landscape: Flemish, Dutch and British Drawings from the Courtauld Collections, Courtauld Gallery, London, 03/09/1986-30/11/1986; The Drawing Center, New York, 08/04/1986-26/07/1986 ...More

Mantegna to Cezanne - Master Drawings from the Courtauld, British Museum, London, 24/02/1983-19/06/1983

English Landscape Drawings and Watercolours, Courtauld Gallery, London, 01/06/1979-01/09/1979

Exhibition of Drawings and Watercolours from the Spooner and Witt Collections, Australia, New Zealand, 1976-78

The William Spooner Collection and Bequest, Courtauld Gallery, London, 1974

English Watercolours: The Spooner Collection and Bequest, City Art Gallery, Bristol, 11/05/1973-02/06/1973

Watercolours by John Robert Cozens, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, 06/03/1971-12/04/1971; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 22/04/1971-16/05/1971

English Landscape Drawings [catalogue not found], Rye Art Gallery, England, 1971

English landscape painting of the 18th and 19th centuries, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 10/10/1970-23/11/1970; Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art, 01/12/1970-15/01/1971

Masters of the Watercolour - Watercolours from the Spooner
Collection
, Holburne Museum of Art, Bath, 1969

The William Spooner Collection and Bequest, Courtauld Gallery, London, 01/04/1968-01/07/1968 ...Less

Literature

Mantegna to Matisse - Master Drawings from The Courtauld Gallery, Frick Collection, New York and Courtauld Gallery, London London 2012-2013

The Spooner Collection of British Watercolours, Courtauld Institute Galleries; Huntington Library; Wordsworth Trust, 2005-06
ill. on p. 131
cat. no. 29

Vecchi, Pierluigi de and Graziano Alfredo Vergani, La natura e il paesaggio nella pittura italiana, 2002
ill. on p. 281
p. 281 ...More

Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, From view to vision: British watercolours from Sandby to Turner in the Whitworth Art Gallery, 1993
p. 150 under no. 144

Farr, Dennis, 100 Masterpieces from the Courtauld Collections, London: Courtauld Institute Galleries, 1987
ill. on p. 187
p. 186

The Northern Landscape: Flemish, Dutch and British Drawings from the Courtauld Collections, Courtauld Gallery, London, 1986
ill. on p. 197
cat. no. 86

Mantegna to Cezanne: Master Drawings from the Courtauld, British Museum, London, 1983
ill. on p. 88
no. 82, p. 71

Wilton, Andrew, The art of Alexander and John Robert Cozens, New Haven 1980
p. 51 under no. 137

English Landscape Drawings and Watercolours, Courtauld Gallery, London, 1979
pl. I
cat. no. 26

Exhibition of Drawings and Watercolours from the Spooner and Witt Collections, Australia, New Zealand, 1976 - 1978
cat. no. 8

White, Christopher, English landscape 1630-1850, New Haven 1977
p. 48 under no. 77

The William Spooner Collection and Bequest, Courtauld Gallery, London, 1974
cat. no. 16

English Watercolours: The Spooner Collection and Bequest, City Art Gallery, Bristol, 1973
cat. no. 18

Herrmann, Luke, British landscape painting of the eighteenth century, London: Faber & Faber, 1973
p. 88

Watercolours by John Robert Cozens, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester and V&A, London, 1971, 1971
ill.
cat. no. 94

English landscape painting of the 18th and 19th centuries, Tokyo and Kyoto, 1970-1971
ill.
cat. no. 73

Watercolours by John Robert Cozens, V&A and Whitworth, 1971
cat. no. 94

Masters of the Watercolour - Watercolours from the Spooner Collection, Holburne Museum of Art, Bath, 1969
cat. no. 23

Troutman, Philip, 'The Evocation of Atmosphere in the English Water-colour' in Apollo, July 1968
pp. 53-4

The William Spooner Collection and Bequest, Courtauld Gallery, London, 1968
cat. no. 12

Sotheby's, Eighteenth century and modern drawings and paintings, London, 27 June 1956
ill.
lot 75

Oppé, A. P., Alexander & John Robert Cozens, 1952
p. 152

Apollo, March 1937; XXV, 147
p. 169

Bell, C.F. and Thomas Girtin, The 23rd volume of the Walpole Society 1934-1935. The drawings and sketches of John Robert Cozens, Oxford: University Press, 1935
no. 441, i and ii, and Notes, no. 441 ...Less

Inscriptions

Watermark: Watermark: none.

Inscription: Recto: lower edge, left of centre, brown ink, signed by the artist, the "o" superscript: "Jno Cozens".

Collector's mark: none.

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