Tivoli, Villa of Maecenas and part of the Cascatelle
Copy after (?) John Robert Cozens (British, London 1752–1797 London)
late 18th century
Pen and black ink, brush and blue-gray wash over graphite
Sheet: 8 7/8 x 16 in. (22.5 x 40.6 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1906
Not on view
In 1794 Cozens suffered a nervous breakdown and was placed under the care of Dr. Thomas Monro, a physician and patron of the arts. Appreciating Cozens's exceptional contributions as a watercolorist, Monro employed young artists such as Thomas Girtin and J.M.W. Turner to copy examples he owned, or could borrow from friends. The present drawing may be a "Monro School" work, produced at one of the evening sessions held in the late 1790s at Monro's house in the Adelphi, on the Strand.
Inscription: Inscribed in graphite at upper left of verso: "4/2" Inscribed in graphite at top center of verso: "T.P.A." Inscribed in graphite at center of verso: "Turner" Inscribed in graphite at bottom center of verso: "Villa of Maecenas, Tivoli"
Vendor: Carfax & Co. (London), through Roger Eliot Fry