John Sell Cotman: Shelter from the Storm, Part #6

This is the sixth and final instalment recording the recent exhibition of ‘John Sell Cotman: Shelter from the Storm’, held at Leeds Art Gallery, 13 October 2017 to 21 January 2018. Here, we explore the framed works shown in the principal room under the theme of ‘Storm’. Under each caption is a link to a … Continue reading John Sell Cotman: Shelter from the Storm, Part #6

John Sell Cotman: Shelter from the Storm, Part #5

This is the fifth instalment of the recent exhibition of ‘John Sell Cotman: Shelter from the Storm’, held at Leeds Art Gallery, 13 October 2017 to 21 January 2018. Here, we explore some of the archival material displayed, and some of the responses made by the contemporary artist, Hondartza Fraga. The core of the Cotman … Continue reading John Sell Cotman: Shelter from the Storm, Part #5

John Sell Cotman: Shelter from the Storm, Part #4

This is the fourth instalment recording the recent exhibition of ‘John Sell Cotman: Shelter from the Storm’, held at Leeds Art Gallery, 13 October 2017 to 21 January 2018. Here, we explore the framed works shown in the principal room under the theme of ‘Shelter’. Cotman had a strong sense of the growing philistinism of … Continue reading John Sell Cotman: Shelter from the Storm, Part #4

John Sell Cotman: Shelter from the Storm, Part #3

This is the third instalment recording the recent exhibition of ‘John Sell Cotman: Shelter from the Storm’, held at Leeds Art Gallery, 13 October 2017 to 21 January 2018. The main room of the exhibition was devoted to framed works. We divided the display into three main sections, ‘Modernity’, ‘Shelter’ and ‘Storm’ The remainder of … Continue reading John Sell Cotman: Shelter from the Storm, Part #3

John Sell Cotman: Shelter from the Storm: Part#2

This is the second instalment recording the recent exhibition of ‘John Sell Cotman: Shelter from the Storm’, held at Leeds Art Gallery, 13 October 2017 to 21 January 2018. One of the key features of the exhibition was the large number of Cotman’s pencil sketches that were on display. Kitson left over eight hundred of … Continue reading John Sell Cotman: Shelter from the Storm: Part#2

John Sell Cotman: A Harbour for the Soul #4

This is the fourth in a series of articles that began with a rediscovered watercolour of ‘The Student’ by John Sell Cotman. That led to an exploration of the ways in which that composition and various re-iterations reflected the ambitions of Cotman’s artistic life in Norwich, and its Rembrandtian collapse. Here we consider a related … Continue reading John Sell Cotman: A Harbour for the Soul #4

John Sell Cotman: A Harbour for the Soul #3

This is the third instalment of an article presenting a recently rediscovered watercolour of ‘The Student’ by John Sell Cotman. Part 1 described the discovery and identification of the subject. Part 2 explored some of the related works discovered during my research into the Leeds Art Gallery collection of Cotman drawings. Here I examine some … Continue reading John Sell Cotman: A Harbour for the Soul #3

John Sell Cotman: A Harbour for the Soul #2

This is the second instalment of an article presenting a recently rediscovered watercolour of ‘The Student’ by John Sell Cotman. Part 1 described the discovery and identification of the subject, and here I explore some of the related works identified during my research into the Leeds Art Gallery collection of Cotman drawings. The watercolour is related … Continue reading John Sell Cotman: A Harbour for the Soul #2

John Sell Cotman: A Harbour for the Soul #1

This is the first instalment of an article presenting a recently rediscovered watercolour by John Sell Cotman. This appeared at auction on 9 December 2014 where it was catalogued as ‘Circle of John Sell Cotman’ and sold under the title of ‘The Student’. At the time of the sale I was just beginning work on … Continue reading John Sell Cotman: A Harbour for the Soul #1