John Robert Cozens
Cozens executed watercolors in curious atmospherical effects and illusions which had some influence on Thomas Girtin and J. M. W. Turner. Indeed, his work is full of poetry. There is a solemn grandeur in his Alpine views and a sense of vastness, a tender tranquility and a kind of mystery in most of his paintings, leaving parts in his pictures for the imagination of the spectator to dwell on and search into. John Constable called him “the greatest genius that ever touched landscape.” On the other hand, Cozens never departed from his primitive, almost rudimentary, manner of painting, which causes several of his works to look very like coloured engravings.