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

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