[Landscape with trees and mountains.]
Mezzotint, scarce & fine; very large margins, platemark 240 x 320mm (9½ x 12½"). Uncut.
Illustration to 'A New Method for Assisting the Invention in Drawing Original Compositions of Landscape' (1786) by Alexander Cozens (1717-86), landscape painter. Published shortly before his death, this publication was the culmination of the system for inventing landscapes which Cozens had worked on throughout his life, and for which he is most famous. The system described how accident and chance (particularly ink blots) could assist in composition. While the text and most plates are by Cozens, the celebrated mezzotinter William Pether engraved the final five plates (including this one), reproducing a blot and five drawings made from it.
Ex: collection of the Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; a related drawing is in the British Museum (1941,1213.717).
[Ref: 36365] £420.00