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'Blot' drawing

Drawing
ca.1750-86 (drawn)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The artist and drawing-master Alexander Cozens regarded drawing as a means of tapping the imagination. He devised a method of drawing a ‘blot’ with ink and a broad brush. This had to be done rapidly and without too much conscious thought. The ‘blot’ would then be used as the basis for an invented landscape: any contours suggestive of trees, hills and mountains would be traced and used to create a new composition.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitleLandscape study (generic title)
Materials and Techniques
Brush and black ink
Brief Description
'Blot' drawing by Alexander Cozens (1717-1786), idea for a landscape in brush and black ink. Great Britain, ca.1750-86.
Physical Description
Landscape study in brush and black ink.
Dimensions
  • Height: 18.3cm
  • Width: 23.7cm
Object history
Purchased from the Walker Galleries, London, in 1920
Subject depicted
Summary
The artist and drawing-master Alexander Cozens regarded drawing as a means of tapping the imagination. He devised a method of drawing a ‘blot’ with ink and a broad brush. This had to be done rapidly and without too much conscious thought. The ‘blot’ would then be used as the basis for an invented landscape: any contours suggestive of trees, hills and mountains would be traced and used to create a new composition.
Bibliographic Reference
Coombs, Katherine British watercolours : 1750-1950 . London: V&A Publications, 2012p.69, pl.57
Collection
Accession Number
E.4276-1920

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record createdJune 30, 2009
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