In the Canton of Unterwalden

Maker

(Artists)
1752-1797

Title

In the Canton of Unterwalden

Date of Production

(circa) 1780

Medium

graphite, pen and brown ink, brown and grey wash with blue watercolour and some scratching out and rubbing, on laid paper

Dimensions

Height: 34.1 cm
Width: 50.9 cm

Accession Number

D.1967.WS.32

Mode of Acquisition

William Wycliffe Spooner, bequest, 1967

Credit

The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)

Location

Not currently on display

Keywords



Label Text

Taught by his father Alexander, John Robert Cozens made two journeys through Switzerland en route to Italy. As with most of his compositions, this majestic mountain view is idealised, with no attempt at truth to nature. Cozens evokes an emotional response partly through the imposing grandeur of the scene, but more significantly though subtle tonal contrasts and a purposely muted palette. The thin wisp of smoke and the tiny figures add a human note.

Notes

There are three other versions of this scene, which dates from his first trip to Switzerland in 1776-78; one, almost identical, in Leeds City Art Gallery, the others in Dublin (National Gallery of Ireland) and Bedford (Cecil Higgins Art Gallery). The inscription "to be copied" on the verso suggests it may have been a popular view Cozens copied for patrons, and the number "3" may indicate this was the third copy.

Provenance

J.H. Reveley; anonymous sale, Sotheby's (London), 16 February 1949, lot 96; purchased there by the Fine Art Society (London) (£720); purchased there by William Wycliffe Spooner, Ilkley (1882-1967), 1951; Spooner Bequest 1967

Exhibition History

La peinture romantique anglaise et les Préraphaélites, Musée du Petit Palais, Paris, 1972 (Jan.-Apr.)

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

British Watercolours from the Spooner Collection, Huntington Museum and Art Gallery, Los Angeles, 12/02/2005-15/05/2005 ...More

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

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

European Landscape Painting, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 14/09/1978-26/10/1978

English Landscape Drawing and Watercolours, Courtauld Gallery, London, 01/05/1977-01/06/1977

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

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

Early English watercolours, City Art Gallery, Leeds, 08/10/1958-23/11/1958 ...Less

Literature

Early English watercolours, City Art Gallery, Leeds, 1958
pl. 8
cat. no. 26

The William Spooner Collection and Bequest, Courtauld Gallery, London, 1968
pl. III
cat. no. 8

Watercolours by John Robert Cozens, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester and V&A, London, 1971, 1971
ill.
cat. no. 9 ...More

La peinture romantique anglaise et les Préraphaélites, Musée du Petit Palais, Paris, January - April 1972, 1972
ill.
cat. no. 84

English Watercolours: The Spooner Collection and Bequest, City Art Gallery, Bristol, 1973
cat. no. 16

The William Spooner Collection and Bequest, Courtauld Gallery, London, 1974
pl. I
cat. no. 3

English Landscape Drawing and Watercolours, The Courtauld Gallery, London, 1977
cat. no. 7

European Landscape Painting, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 1978
ill.
cat. no. 44

English Landscape Drawings and Watercolours, Courtauld Gallery, London, 1979
cat. no. 24

Mantegna to Cezanne: Master Drawings from the Courtauld, British Museum, London, 1983
ill. on p. 89
no. 84, p. 72

The Northern Landscape: Flemish, Dutch and British Drawings from the Courtauld Collections, Courtauld Gallery, London, 1986
ill. on p. 195
cat. no. 85

The Spooner Collection of British Watercolours, Courtauld Institute Galleries; Huntington Library; Wordsworth Trust, 2005-06
ill. on p. 127
cat. no. 27 ...Less

Inscriptions

Watermark: Watermark: centre: "J WHATMAN".

Inscription: Verso: upper left corner, graphite: “3”; left centre, graphite: “3 g”; centre, graphite: “To be copied”.

Collector's mark: none.

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