© Tate, London 2019 | Licence: CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported)
© Tate, London 2019 | Licence: CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported)

The Cloud


John Robert Cozens

From the collection


The Cloud




This watercolour is unusual for John Robert Cozens in being almost purely a sky study, divorced from any identifiable topographical context. Paul Oppé remarked on its similarity with some of the coast scenes painted by his father, Alexander Cozens, and also the latter's famous drawing of 'The Cloud' (no.17). However, John Robert's approach to his subject is subtler and less schematic than his father's, and his skies in general are more concerned with atmosphere, space and light. Skies always play an integral part in the design of John Robert Cozens's watercolours, contributing to their mood. They have been described as, at one moment, 'infinitely luminous', and at another 'charged with menace and oppressive cloud'.
Gallery label, September 2004

Medium: Watercolour and graphite on paper
Credit line: 'Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996'

For full details please visit the collection website.


TWW try to keep the information on this page up to date. However, for the most accurate information you should always consult the owning collection

From the Watercolour World





Location Accuracy





Image Credit

© Tate, London 2019

Spotted an error? Let us know: enq[email protected]colourworld.org

Leave a comment

Do you know more about this painting and the story behind it? Please share your thoughts below.