Plate 10: Rievaulx Abbey, the Refectory Doorway, Yorkshire

This is the thirteenth article in a series cataloguing John Sell Cotman’s first series of etchings published in 1811. Here in plate 10 Cotman offers us a second subject at Rievaulx Abbey, though no less retiring than the first. John Sell CotmanRievaulx Abbey, the Refectory Doorway, Yorkshire 1810Private collectionPhotograph: Professor David Hill This is an … Continue reading Plate 10: Rievaulx Abbey, the Refectory Doorway, Yorkshire

Plate 9: Kirkham Priory, Yorkshire

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

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 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

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

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