Plate 6, St Mary’s Abbey, York

This is the ninth article in a series cataloguing John Sell Cotman’s first series of etchings, published in 1811. Here, plate 6 returns us to York, to sketch in the grounds of St Mary’s Abbey. John Sell CotmanSt Mary’s Abbey, York, 1810Private collectionPhotograph: Professor David Hill This is an impression of a copper-plate etching of … Continue reading Plate 6, St Mary’s Abbey, York

Plate 5, South Burlingham Church, Norfolk

This is the eighth article in a series cataloguing John Sell Cotman’s first series of etchings, published in 1811. Here we turn to plate 5 and retreat into a backwater of deepest Norfolk. John Sell CotmanSouth Burlingham Church, Norfolk, 1810Private collectionPhotograph: Professor David Hill This is an impression of a copper-plate etching of an upright … Continue reading Plate 5, South Burlingham Church, Norfolk

A Twopeny Portfolio: #25 Sharrow Bay House, Ullswater

This article considers the final work of twenty-five bought at Anderson & Garland Ltd, Newcastle upon Tyne, 21 March 2017, lot 46 as Various Artists (British 19th Century) Sundry drawings and watercolours, mainly topographical and floral studies, including a grisaille “South Gate Lynn, Norfolk”, bearing the signature J.S. Cotman, various sizes, all unframed in a … Continue reading A Twopeny Portfolio: #25 Sharrow Bay House, Ullswater

John Sell Cotman: A Harbour for the Soul #7 More Musketeers

This is the seventh in a series of articles that explores a group of works that reflect John Sell Cotman’s ambitions for his artistic life in Norwich. In part 6 we considered a drawing that appeared on the market in March 2021.  He we continue that theme by examining the full troop of musketeers, arquebusiers … Continue reading John Sell Cotman: A Harbour for the Soul #7 More Musketeers

John Sell Cotman: A Harbour for the Soul #6 Musketeer after Jacob De Gheyn

This is the sixth in a series of articles that explores a group of works that reflect John Sell Cotman’s ambitions for his artistic life in Norwich. Here we consider a drawing that appeared on the market in March 2021. It dates from the early days of Cotman's second attempt to establish a successful studio … Continue reading John Sell Cotman: A Harbour for the Soul #6 Musketeer after Jacob De Gheyn

John Sell Cotman: A Harbour for the Soul #5 Van Dyck Study

This is the fifth article in a series that began three years ago with a rediscovered watercolour of ‘The Student’ by John Sell Cotman. That led to the consideration of several works that embodied ambitions that Cotman had for his artistic life in Norwich, and his eventual disappointment. Here we consider a drawing that appeared … Continue reading John Sell Cotman: A Harbour for the Soul #5 Van Dyck Study

Cotman and St Benet’s: Part 6; Later Works (continued)

This is the sixth in a series of articles exploring Cotman's association with St Benet's Abbey, Norfolk. In Part 1 and Part 2 we considered Cotman’s early treatments of the subject, in part 3 an etching published in 1813 and in part 4 works closely related to the etching. In part five we began to … Continue reading Cotman and St Benet’s: Part 6; Later Works (continued)

Cotman and St Benet’s: Part 5; Later Works

This is the fifth of a series of articles exploring Cotman's association with St Benet's Abbey, Norfolk. In Part 1 and Part 2 we considered Cotman’s early treatments of the subject, in part 3 an etching published in 1813 and in part 4 works closely related to the etching. Here we turn our attention to … Continue reading Cotman and St Benet’s: Part 5; Later Works

Cotman and St Benet’s: Part 4

This is the fourth of a series of articles exploring Cotman's association with St Benet's Abbey, Norfolk. In Parts 1 and 2 we considered Cotman’s early treatments of the subject, and in part 3 an etching published in 1813. The etching is a masterpiece and inspired a considerable body of related work. This part attempts … Continue reading Cotman and St Benet’s: Part 4

Cotman and St Benet’s: Part 3

This is the third of a series of articles exploring Cotman's association with St Benet's Abbey, Norfolk. Part 1 and Part 2 looked at Cotman’s early treatments of the subject, and here we discuss an etching published in 1813. Without doubt, this can be considered as one of the masterpieces of his entire career. [On … Continue reading Cotman and St Benet’s: Part 3