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Storm Over A Lake

Attributed to Joseph Barber (British, Newcastle upon Tyne 1757–1811 Birmingham)
Formerly attributed to John Robert Cozens (British, London 1752–1797 London)
Sheet: 13 7/8 × 18 1/8 in. (35.2 × 46 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
Not on view
When this watercolor was acquired in 1907, it was thought to have been painted by John Robert Cozens, an attribution later discounted. Recently, similarities to watercolors in English collections have indicated Joseph Barber as its author. Barber was Birmingham's first drawing master, taught David Cox, and painted views Wales, the likely location of the mountain lake depicted here.
Inscription: On mat: part of a letter from Paul Oppe [Dec. '53 to Hull] Saying, "I can't accept for a moment the top landscape on page 101 as his. [J. R. Cozens] A photograph of it was sent to me some time ago as of a possible Girtin - which it is not either."
Also on mat in pencil, "Not by either of the Cozens - D. Loshak / By the Rev. Swete - A.W. [Andrew Wilton]
Vendor: Shepherd Brothers Vendor: Through Roger Eliot Fry
A. Hyatt Mayor "A Modern Artist of the Eighteenth Century" The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. n.s. vol. 12, no. 4, December 1953, as by Alexander Cozens., p. 101, ill.

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