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 Cozens drawings that he owned or borrowed from friends. This view of Tivoli, near Rome, may be such a "Monro School" sheet, produced at one of the evening sessions held in the late 1790s at Monro's house in the Adelphi, off the Strand.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
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. (British)Vendor: Through Roger Eliot Fry