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The Two Great Temples at Paestum

Watercolour
ca. 1782 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Watercolour depicting the two ruined temples at Paestum, with scrubland in the foreground and three armed figures moving into the scene in the bottom left hand corner. The painting is executed in pale grey and blue tones. Inscribed on the back with the title in the artist's hand.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Watercolour and pencil
Brief description
Watercolour by John Robert Cozens (1752-97) depicting 'The Two Great Temples at Paestum'. Italy, ca. 1782.
Physical description
Watercolour depicting the two ruined temples at Paestum, with scrubland in the foreground and three armed figures moving into the scene in the bottom left hand corner. The painting is executed in pale grey and blue tones. Inscribed on the back with the title in the artist's hand.
Dimensions
  • Height: 9.625in
  • Width: 14.5in
Marks and inscriptions
Temples of Paestum (Inscribed on the back)
Gallery label
John Robert Cozens 1752-1797 The Two Great Temples at Paestum About 1783-1785 Cozens was one of the leading early English watercolourists, with a softly modulated style that evoked a mood of gentle melancholy. The ancient Greek temples at Paestum in southern Italy had been rediscovered in the 1760s. Cozens visited them in 1782 and made pencil drawings, on which this watercolour is based. Pencil and watercolour on paper Purchased 1973 Museum no. P.2-1973
Object history
Cozens was at Paestum on 7th November 1782 and executed four sketches which he turned into four watercolour paintings, executed for William Beckford. Two of the paintings are now in the Oldham Gallery and one is in the collection of Peter Agnew.
Subject depicted
Place depicted
Bibliographic references
  • C. F. Bell and T. Girtin, 'The Drawings and Sketches of John Robert Cozens: A Catalogue with an Historical Introduction', The Walpole Society, vol. 23, 1934-35, cat. no. 299, p. 64
  • Kim Sloan, Alexander and John Robert Cozens: the Poetry of Landscape, New Haven; London: Published in association with the Art Gallery of Ontario by Yale University Press, 1986
Collection
Accession number
P.2-1973

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Record createdJune 30, 2009
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