A Twopeny Portfolio: Introduction

I brightened a few grey days recently reviewing the contents of a portfolio of drawings that I acquired in 2017. I bought it for a Cotman watercolour that it contained, but sixteen other pencil drawings, seven watercolours and one photograph bundled with it have proved almost as equally engaging at the Cotman, in most cases … Continue reading A Twopeny Portfolio: Introduction

A Twopeny Portfolio: #1 Cotman, King’s Lynn

This article describes the first work of twenty-five bought in a lot of Sundry Drawings and Watercolours, offered at Anderson & Garland Ltd, Newcastle upon Tyne, 21 March 2-17, 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 … Continue reading A Twopeny Portfolio: #1 Cotman, King’s Lynn

A Twopeny Portfolio: #2 after Cotman, Walsoken Chancel

This is the second work of twenty-five bought in a lot of Sundry Drawings and Watercolours, offered at Anderson & Garland Ltd, Newcastle upon Tyne, 21 March 2-17, 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 … Continue reading A Twopeny Portfolio: #2 after Cotman, Walsoken Chancel

‘Etchings by John Sell Cotman’: An introduction

Introductions are normally best written last. At this stage, however, the outcome of this project remains at best distant, and at worst doubtful. It seems useful to offer at the outset a brief – if necessarily sketchy -overview of the etchings that follow. ‘Etchings by John Sell Cotman’ is the artist’s first essay in the … Continue reading ‘Etchings by John Sell Cotman’: An introduction

Title Page to ‘Etchings by John Sell Cotman’

  Title Page: ‘Etchings by John Sell Cotman’, 1811 Line etching, image size 358 x 250 mm on plate 367 x 259 mm, printed [as published in D.B.Murphy volume; see below] in black ink on heavyweight, soft, wove paper, watermarked '1810', 475 x 340 mm Inscribed in plate as part of image, 'ETCHINGS/ BY/ JOHN.SELL.COTMAN/ … Continue reading Title Page to ‘Etchings by John Sell Cotman’

Dedication Page to ‘Etchings by John Sell Cotman’

Dedication Page for ‘Etchings by John Sell Cotman’, 1811 Line etching, image size 299 x 222 [irregular] mm on plate 304 x 225 mm, printed [as published in D.B.Murphy volume; see below] in black ink on heavyweight, soft, wove paper, watermarked '1810', 475 x 340 mm Inscribed in plate as part of image as if … Continue reading Dedication Page to ‘Etchings by John Sell Cotman’

Beeston Priory, Norfolk

Beeston Priory, Norfolk, 1810 Line etching, image size 190 x 139 [irregular] mm on plate 216 x 145 mm, printed in black ink on [DH impression in Murphy volume, see below] heavyweight, soft, wove paper, watermarked '1810', 475 x 340 mm Inscribed in image bottom left of subject 'Published Novr 24th 1810'; on plate bottom … Continue reading Beeston Priory, Norfolk

The Manor House, York

The Manor House, York, 1810 Line etching, image size [irregular] 210 x 137 mm on plate 217 x 145 mm, printed in black ink on [DH impression in Murphy volume, see below] heavyweight, soft, wove paper, 475 x 340 mm Inscribed on the plate lower left (partly obscured by being etched over) ; 'Norwich Etched … Continue reading The Manor House, York

Duncombe Park, Yorkshire

Duncombe Park, Yorkshire 1810 Line etching, image size [irregular] 210 x 137 mm on plate 217 x 145 mm, printed [1811 edition] in black ink on heavyweight, soft, wove paper, 475 x 340 mm Inscribed lower right, on plate "J S Cotman Del et Sc/ Novr 19th 1810' (partly obscured by overworking in all but … Continue reading Duncombe Park, Yorkshire