Plate 9: Kirkham Priory, Yorkshire (1)

This is the twelfth article in a series cataloguing John Sell Cotman’s first series of etchings published in 1811. Here, plate 9 takes in another Yorkshire abbey, and Cotman continues his quest to find a quiet corner in which to immure himself. John Sell CotmanKirkham Priory, Yorkshire 1811Private collectionPhotograph: Professor David Hill This is an … Continue reading Plate 9: Kirkham Priory, Yorkshire (1)

Plate 8: Rievaulx Abbey, Yorkshire

This is the eleventh article in a series cataloguing John Sell Cotman’s first series of etchings, published in 1811. Here, plate 8 offers another Yorkshire subject, and the first location of genuine renown. Typically, however, Cotman finds an obscure corner to depict, so much so that it has resisted proper identification until now. John Sell … Continue reading Plate 8: Rievaulx Abbey, Yorkshire

Plate 7: North Creake Abbey, Norfolk

This is the tenth article in a series cataloguing John Sell Cotman’s first series of etchings, published in 1811. Here, plate 7 takes us to another obscure corner of Norfolk. John Sell CotmanNorth Creake Abbey, Norfolk, 1810Private collectionPhotograph: Professor David Hill This is an impression of a copper-plate etching of an upright architectural subject featuring … Continue reading Plate 7: North Creake Abbey, Norfolk

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

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