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Object number


Object type



Valley of Ober-Hasli (The Aare Gorge, Meiringen)

Title Type

assigned by cataloguer

Other number

Pi 244



height (actual size): 474mm
width (actual size): 351mm


Inscribed, verso, 'In the Canton of Bern / Switzerland / J R. Cozens 1778'

Materials & techniques note

Indian ink and watercolour over traces of pencil; watermark 'J WHATMAN'




History and association

Object history note

Provenance: Collection of Mrs Dawbarn[?]; sold through Sotheby's on 31st July 1946 (Lot 58); with The Fine Art Society; collection of Alan Pilkington; by whom bequeathed to Eton College in 1973

Exhibited: 'Watercolours from the Eton College Collections', Verey Gallery, Eton College, 24 November 2018 to 24 February 2019; 'Humphrey Ocean: Fresh as Paint', The Verey Gallery, Eton College, 9 June to 30 October 2022, catalogue number 3

Previous ownership

Pilkington, Alan, 1879 - 1973: Bequeathed to Eton by Alan Pilkington, 1973
Dawbarn, Mrs: ? Mrs Dawbarn; with Sotheby's 31st July 1946 (lot 58); with The Fine Art Society


• Ryan, H., Hidden Treasures, W.S. Fine Art exhibition catalogue, 2010 (p. 28, no 9)
• Wilcox, T., A Genius for Watercolour; Watercolours from the Eton College Collection, Christie's exhibition catalogue, London, 2003 (pp. 56-57, no. 47)
• Quarrie, P., Treasures of Eton College Library: 550 years of collecting, Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, 1990 (pp. 112-113, no. 226)
• Sloane, K., Alexander and John Robert Cozens: The Poetry of Landscape, New Haven & London, 1986 (p. 122, no. 135)
• Pilkington, A., Loan exhibition of early English watercolours, drawings by Old Masters, etchings & engravings from the collection of Alan D. Pilkington: in aid of the Distressed Gentlefolk's Aid Association, Colnaghi & Co, London, 1958 (no. 44)
• Bell, C.F. & Girtin, T., 'The drawings and sketches of J.R. Cozens', Walpole Society XXXIII, 1934-5, cat. 28Aiii
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