Another Monro School watercolour of a Monaco scene, showing the Villa Franca Lighthouse (see figure 1), is also based on an outline drawing from the album at the Yale Center for British Art (see figure 2). However, although the work has been attributed to Turner in the past, the quality of the colouring falls well below his standards, and there is no evidence that Girtin made the initial pencil drawing either. It is notable, however, for the inscription on the back of the sketch, which states that it was ‘Traced from a sketch of C. Gore Esq’. It is not clear who was responsible for adding this, but it may have been Tom Girtin (1913–94), who owned the watercolour and assiduously searched through the collection of Charles Gore’s (1729–1807) drawings at the Goethe-Nationalmuseum in Weimar looking for the source of the outline. His lack of success provides further encouragement for the idea that it was in fact Alexander Cozens who was the author of the outlines of coastal views that provided the basis for as many as ten Monro School subjects.
1794 - 1797
Vernazza, on the Coast near La Spezia
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