Lake Albano about 1794 - 1797
This view was copied from a watercolour by the eighteenth-century English landscape painter John Robert Cozens. Turner reversed the composition but remained faithful to Cozens's tonal scheme and his treatment of foliage. Cozens had been a patient of Dr Monro, who greatly admired his watercolours. Turner probably made his copy as a student of Monro's informal evening 'Academy' (1794-1797), where he and fellow students could practice their watercolour skills making copies from works in Monro's collection. Cozens' watercolour of Lake Albano is in the City Art Gallery, Leeds.

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Dr Monro's Evening Academy

Thomas Monro was a doctor, painter and art collector whose patients in the late 18th century included the watercolourist John Robert Cozens. Some of Cozens' sketches were acquired by Monro, who used them as the basis for classes at his house. J.M.W. Turner and Thomas Girtin attended Monro's ‘academy’ where they were instructed by copying Cozens' work.

Watercolour

A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.

Dr Monro's Evening Academy, Watercolour

Details

  • Acc. No. D NG 882
  • Medium Blue and grey washes over pencil on paper
  • Size 42.20 x 54.70 cm
  • Credit Henry Vaughan Bequest 1900