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

Plate 1, Beeston Priory, Norfolk

This is the fourth article in a series cataloguing John Sell Cotman’s first series of etchings, published in 1811. Here, in the first plate, Cotman gives advance warning that this series will be a little out of the ordinary. Instead of making a grand entrance, he rather shuffles onto the stage. Instead of making some … Continue reading Plate 1, Beeston Priory, Norfolk

Plate 2, The Manor House, York

This is the fifth article in a series cataloguing John Sell Cotman’s first series of etchings, published in 1811. Here, we turn to plate 2 to stand on a threshold, surrounded by strange signs. John Sell Cotman The Manor House, York, 1810 Private collection Photograph: Professor David Hill This is an impression of a copper-plate … Continue reading Plate 2, The Manor House, York

Plate 3, Duncombe Park, Yorkshire

This is the sixth article in a series cataloguing John Sell Cotman’s first series of etchings, published in 1811. Here, plate 3 takes us to the ground of the magnificent Baroque palace of Duncombe Park in Yorkshire. Cotman manages to find a corner of it that could be anywhere. John Sell CotmanDuncombe Park, Yorkshire, 1810Private … Continue reading Plate 3, Duncombe Park, Yorkshire

Plate 4, Valle Crucis Abbey, North Wales

This is the seventh part of a series cataloguing John Sell Cotman’s first series of etchings, published in 1811. Here we turn to plate 4 and remember an obscure detail from an early-career tour to Wales. John Sell Cotman, Valle Crucis Abbey, North Wales, 1810. Private collection. Photograph: Professor David Hill This is an impression … Continue reading Plate 4, Valle Crucis Abbey, North Wales

Cotman, Bloomfield and The Ploughed Field

This article proposes a source for John Sell Cotman’s famous watercolour of ‘The Ploughed Field’ at Leeds Art Gallery. In the online catalogue of the Cotman collection at Leeds http://www.cotmania.org, I describe the watercolour as ‘the exemplar of his turn towards reticence and understatement… the supreme exercise in undemonstrative refinement and subtlety of its time’. … Continue reading Cotman, Bloomfield and The Ploughed Field

Cotman’ and St Benet’s Abbey: Part 2

This is the second part of an article exploring Cotman's association with St Benet's Abbey, Norfolk. In 1811 Cotman committed himself to a major series of etchings of Norfolk antiquarian subjects. The work was to become his primary preoccupation for the next five or six years, and he threw himself into it with several excursions … Continue reading Cotman’ and St Benet’s Abbey: Part 2

Cotman and St Benet’s Abbey, Norfolk: Part 1

This is a further instalment in a series that retraces Cotman’s footsteps through his native county of Norfolk. Here we visit the isolated site of St Benet’s Abbey. This stands in a marshy plain near the junction of the rivers Ant and Bure about ten miles directly ENE of Norwich, but much further by road, … Continue reading Cotman and St Benet’s Abbey, Norfolk: Part 1

Cotman’s Norfolk: #2 Terrington St Clement’s Church, near King’s Lynn

This is the second in my intended series of reports on sites drawn by John Sell Cotman in his native county of Norfolk. A recent mini-tour of sites around King’s Lynn allowed me to take in the ocean-liner sized church of Terrington St Clements, about five miles north of Tilney All Saints, the subject of … Continue reading Cotman’s Norfolk: #2 Terrington St Clement’s Church, near King’s Lynn