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

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