Plate 12: West end of Braiseworth Church, Suffolk

This is the fifteenth article in a series cataloguing John Sell Cotman’s first series of etchings published in 1811. Here in plate 12 Cotman introduces a subject that takes his quest for obscurity and sequestration almost to absurdity. It is the first of three plates devoted to the site. John Sell CotmanWest End of Braiseworth … Continue reading Plate 12: West end of Braiseworth Church, Suffolk

Plate 11: Rievaulx Abbey, Yorkshire; the interior of the Refectory

This is the fourteenth article in a series cataloguing John Sell Cotman’s first series of etchings published in 1811. Here in plate 11 Cotman offers us a third subject at Rievaulx Abbey; more obscure, even, than the others. John Sell CotmanRievaulx Abbey, the interior of the Refectory, Yorkshire 1811Private collectionPhotograph: Professor David Hill This is … Continue reading Plate 11: Rievaulx Abbey, Yorkshire; the interior of the Refectory

Lights will guide you home: Turner at Calais #7

This article concludes the consideration of Turner’s watercolour and 1836 engraving of the harbour at Calais. In the previous instalment I claimed that the engraving was representative of the cutting edge of image technology. Here I propose that the same edge cuts through the content. The lighthouse itself is a beacon to modernity. Though lighthouses … Continue reading Lights will guide you home: Turner at Calais #7

Lights will guide you home: Turner at Calais #6

This article continues the consideration of Turner’s watercolour and 1836 engraving of the harbour at Calais. In the previous instalment we contrasted Turner's view with some more straightforward treatments of the subject. Here we begin to explore the range of aspects woven into it. A dreamwork is churned first in the imagination of the artist, … Continue reading Lights will guide you home: Turner at Calais #6

Lights will guide you home: Turner at Calais #5

This article continues the consideration of Turner’s watercolour and 1836 engraving of the harbour at Calais. In the last we encountered numerous issues with Turner's rendition of the key landmarks. Here we begin to wonder what might be made of his waywardness. Calais, an illustration to Walter Scott's 'Tales of a Grandfather', i.e. Calais Harbour, … Continue reading Lights will guide you home: Turner at Calais #5

Lights will guide you home: Turner at Calais #4

This article continues the consideration of Turner’s watercolour of the harbour at Calais and its 1836 engraving. In the previous instalments we took a tour round the principal landmarks, and gathered together Turner’s sketches. We can now review the watercolour and engraving in the light of Turner’s observations and interests. Calais, an illustration to Walter … Continue reading Lights will guide you home: Turner at Calais #4

Lights will guide you home: Turner at Calais #3

This article continues the consideration of Turner’s watercolour and 1836 engraving of the harbour at Calais. In part 2 we took a tour round the principal landmarks, and gathered a few photographic references. Here, we complete our survey of other sketches by Turner that might have proved useful references in the development of the watercolour. … Continue reading Lights will guide you home: Turner at Calais #3

Lights will guide you home: Turner at Calais #2

This article continues the consideration of Turner’s watercolour of the harbour at Calais and its 1836 engraving. In this part we take a tour round the principal landmarks, and gather a few photographic and historical references. Calais, an illustration to Walter Scott's 'Tales of a Grandfather', i.e. Calais Harbour, with the church of Notre Dame, … Continue reading Lights will guide you home: Turner at Calais #2

Lights will guide you home: Turner at Calais #1

Calais, an illustration to Walter Scott's 'Tales of a Grandfather', i.e. Calais Harbour, with the church of Notre Dame, Tour du Guet, Hotel de Ville and Porte de Mer, c.1834Watercolour vignette, image approx 152 x 102 mm, on sheet, 444 x 345 mmFrance, Calais, Musee du CalaisImage Sotheby’s 8 June 1999, lot 25 This article … Continue reading Lights will guide you home: Turner at Calais #1

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