• Fish Swills, Rudder, etc. -
    Price on request

    This relates to a watercolour in Norwich Castle Museum of this title dated 1809. It was Cotman's exhibit at the Norwich Society in 1809 (see Miklos Rajnai and Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton, John Sell Cotman - Early Drawings (1798-1812) in Norwich Castle Museum, 1979, no.82, ill. pl.52). Another version of this drawing, with colour notes, is also in Norwich Castle Museum (op. cit., no.81, ill. pl.51). Cotman drew a number of studies of fishing tackle and beached boats at this period which were probably executed at Cromer.

  • A Doorway inside Wells-next-the-Sea Church, Norfolk -
    Price on request

    Signed lower left: J.S. Cotman 1817 and inscribed lower right: A Doorway inside Wells Ch. Norfolk

    Brown washes and pencil

    Sheet 28.3 by 23.2 cm., 11 by 9 inches



    With W. Boswell & Son, St Ethelbert House, Tombland, Norwich



    Norwich, Boswell Centenary Exhibition, June 1939

  • The Church of St Pierre at Hermanville-sur-Mer, Normandy -
    Price on request

    Signed lower left: J.S. Cotman 1818 and inscribed on border under mount: North east View of the Church of Hermonville near Caen

    Brown washes and pencil

    image 24.8 by 34.2 cm., 9 ¾  by 13 ½  in.



    The Rev. F.N. Vavassour;

    With P. & D. Colnaghi, London


    Hermanville-sur-Mer is several miles north of Caen on the Normandy coast. Cotman must have visited the town during his stay in Caen between 24th July and 14th August 1818. This drawing was not engraved for Cotman’s Antiquities series. 

  • A Cottage by a Stream -
    Price on request

    Signed lower right: J.S. Cotman and indistinctly inscribed


    19.4 by 28.4 cm., 7 ½ by 11 in.

  • The Interior of the Church at Léry, Normandy -
    Price on request

    Signed lower left: J.S. Cotman 1817  

    Pencil on buff paper

    18.4 by 27.1 cm., 7 ¼ by 10 ½ inches



    With Palser, 1919;

    John Drinkwater, his sale Christie’s, 16th May 1934, lot 7, bt. Wagner for 7 gns.;

    Private Collection, London


    Cotman arrived in Dieppe on 20th June 1817 and spent the next seven weeks travelling round Normandy. His aim was to produce drawings to be engraved for an historical tour of the area and this was the first of three visits to France.


    The present on-the-spot sketch was a preliminary study for plate 46 of Cotman’s `Architectural Antiquities of Normandy’ published in 1822 as The Interior of the Church of Léry near Pont-del-L’arche, Normandy. He reached Lery, which is about twelve miles south of Rouen on 6th July. A view of the church from the south-east, dated that day is in the Yale Center for British Art. A view of the front of the church was published as an engraving on 1st April 1820.

  • St Peter’s, Melton Constable, Norfolk -

    Signed lower right and inscribed: Melton Church Nork. JS Cotman.


    155 x 237 mm., 6 x 9 ¼ in.



    The Fry Gallery;

    Christie’s, Anonymous sale, 8th December 2011, lot 402;

    Private Collection, London


    Cotman has chosen to depict the church from the South-East, looking toward both the south transept and the East End. The window in the south transept has been altered subsequently, as has the pitch of the roof on the central tower.


    Melton Constable is the seat of the Earls of Hastings and the church of St Peter’s built in 1092, was originally the estate church. The simplicity of the Norman exterior belies the ornateness of the interior; the result of the Hastings Mausoleum, which fills the south transept and houses the family pew and a series of ornate memorials to the Astley family.


    Cotman depicted Melton Constable Hall, which was engraved by J. Webb for ‘Excursions through Norfolk’, published March 1, 1819 and which was formerly in the Bulwar Collection.

  • Slingsby Castle, Yorkshire -

    signed, inscribed with title and numbered 668 lower right
    24.3 by 19cm., 9 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches

    Cotman visited Slingsby in August 1803 during his Yorkshire tour in the company of Paul Sandby Munn. A watercolour of the vaults below Slingsby Castle by Cotman from this tour was sold at Sotheby's on 7th June 2006, lot 364 for ?6,600. This is a later drawing presumably based on sketches drawn in 1803 as he never returned to Yorkshire after his 1805 visit.

    With Spink and Son, London, 1951

    London, Independent Gallery, 1928
  • The Abbey Church of Montivilliers near Havre de Grace, Normandy, France -


    With the Fine Art Society, London, August 1945;

    Mark Hanan, his sale, Bethune & Co, Wellington, New Zealand, 2nd September 1964, lot 193;

    Ernest George Frederick Vogtherr, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand (1898-1973)



    As an etching for `Architectural Antiquities of Normandy`, 1822, facing page 97


    This dates from the first of Cotman’s three trips to Normandy, in the summer of 1817. He arrived on the boat from England at Dieppe on 20th June and spent seven weeks travelling round Normandy visiting historical sites for a proposed book of engravings.


    After several days in Dieppe, Cotman continued down the coast to Fécamp where he found the cathedral disappointing and then on to Le Havre via Montivilliers, four miles north of Le Havre. He was in Montivilliers on 27th and 28th June. The Abbey of Notre Dame at Montivilliers originally dates from 684 but was destroyed by Vikings in 850 and rebuilt in both the Romanesque and Gothic styles. A number of similar pencil drawings of Normandy churches are in the Castle Museum, Norwich (see Miklos Rajnai, John Sell Cotman – Drawings of Normandy in Norwich Castle Museum, 1975, nos. 11, 19, 29 and 38). For more on Cotman’s tour of Normandy, see Timothy Wilcox, Cotman in Normandy, 2012.

  • The South Doorway, Buckenham Ferry Church, Norfolk -

    Signed lower right: 1984/J.S. Cotman 1817 and inscribed lower left: South Doorway Bokenham Ferry Norfolk

    Brown washes and pencil

    Sheet 23.6 by 18.8 cm., 9 ¼ by 7 ¼ in.



    With W. Boswell & Son, St Ethelbert House, Tombland, Norwich



    Norwich, Boswell Centenary Exhibition, June 1939, no. 12


    A drawing of Buckenham Church by Cotman of a similar size, dated 1813, is in the Castle Museum, Norwich and an etching of the tower of Buckenham Church after Cotman was published in 1817. The church was built in the 13th century and has an unusual octagonal tower. Buckenham Ferry is on the river Yare to the south of Norwich.

  • South Burlingham Church, Norfolk, from the south-east -

    Signed lower left: Cotman and numbered lower right 631

    Black chalk on buff paper

    19.3 by 25.9 cm., 7 ½ by 10 inches



    Bulwer Collection;

    Sir Michael Sadler (1861-1943);

    With Thos. Agnew & Sons, London, 1945



    London, Thos. Agnew & Sons, 72nd Annual Exhibition of Watercolour Drawings, Feb – March 1945, no. 68


    A drawing of the pulpit of the church, dated 1816, is in Yale Center for British Art and an etching of Cotman’s drawing of the doorway of the church was published on 29th August 1810.

  • The Great Wheel at Broseley, Shropshire -

    Watercolour over pencil

     27.8 by 24.2cm., 10 ¾ by 9 ½ in.



    With Walker’s Galleries, London, August 1961;

    Duke Collection (D3830);

    L.G. Duke, his sale, Sotheby’s, 5th March 1970, lot 36, bt. Grunfeld;

    Private Collection


    Broseley is across the river Severn from Coalbrookdale and was linked to it by the first iron bridge built in 1779. Coalbrookdale was one of the most important centres of industrial activity in the early nineteenth century. Iron was produced on an enormous scale in a three mile area of the Severn valley between Coalbrookdale and Coalport, and the area attracted large numbers of visitors including engineers, tourists and artists. One such visitor was the Frenchman Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg (1740-1812) who painted his famous `Coalbrookdale by Night’ (Science Museum) in 1801.


    This dates from Cotman’s tour of North Wales in the summer of 1802 with Paul Sandby Munn (1773-1845) who was the landlord of his Bond Street property at the time.

    They left London in early July, reached Bridgnorth on the 8th continuing to Wenlock where both artists drew the priory. They went on to Broseley and then Ironbridge and Coalbrookdale.  Munn’s version of this view is in the Ironbridge Gorge Museum. A view on Lincoln Hill near Coalbrookdale by Munn dated July 1802 was with Guy Peppiatt Fine Art in 2007, now in a private collection (see 18th and 19th Century Drawing and Watercolours, summer catalogue, 2007, no.36) and Cotman’s version is in Leeds City Art Gallery (see David Boswell and Corinne Miller, Cotmania and Mr Kitson, 1992, no.4, p.41, ill.).


  • The Machard Tower or Tour au Massacre, Caen -

    Signed lower right: J.S. Cotman Sk.d July 19/'17

    Brown washes and pencil

    23.4 by 19.7 cm., 9 ¼  by 7 ¾ in.


    This dates from Cotman's first tour of Normandy from June to August 1817. He was in Caen from 17th to 28th July and this sketch dates from 19th July. His diary for the day records `it rains.'

  • Sultan Mahomed Shah?s Tomb, Bejapore -

    Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour and stopping out

    32 by 47.9 cm., 12 ? by 18 ? inches



    Mrs E.P. Wint, 1946;

    The Executor?s of Alderman Thomas Ramsden, late of 4 Makinson Arcade, Wigan, their sale, Christie?s, 16th November 1951, lot 1 as ?An Indian Temple?;

    Raymond Richards (d.1978) of Gawsworth Hall, Macclesfield, Cheshire;

    George Naisby, Stockport


    This watercolour dates from 1833-34 and is based on an on-the-spot sketch by Commander Robert Elliot, R.N. (1790-1849). Elliot was a naval officer and his sketches in India and the Far East from 1822-24 were copied by professional artists such as Cotman, Cox, Purser, Prout, Allom, Stanfield and Boys and published as engravings in ?Views in India, China, and on the Shores of the Red Sea? in 1834. This watercolour was not in fact engraved but Prout?s version was chosen and is opposite page 48. Prout included several more figures in his view and most noticeably a clump of trees at the right edge of the watercolour. A view by Cotman of ?Perawa, Malawa? was engraved for the book however and the original watercolour which is slightly smaller than the present work is in the Victoria and Albert Museum (8-1875). Another unused Indian view by Cotman, ?The Tomb of Hyder Ali Khan, Rajah of Mysore? is in the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston.


    Bejapore or Bijapur, as it is now known, is about 330 miles north-west of Bangalore. The tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah or Gol Gumbaz has the second largest dome in the world with a diameter of over 124 feet and was built in the mid seventeenth century.

  • Boats off the Coast, a Storm approaching -

    Signed lower right: J.S. Cotman/1830

    Watercolour over traces of pencil heightened with bodycolour, scratching out, stopping out and gum arabic

    47.2 by 65.2 cm., 18 3/4 by 25 3/4 in.



    Anonymous sale, Sotheby’s, 21st March 2002, lot 168;

    Private Collection, UK 

  • Arnold's Cottage -

    Signed lower right: Cotman

    Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour

    19 by 28.2 cm., 7 ½ by 11 ¼ in.


    This recently rediscovered watercolour can be dated to circa 1820. A pencil drawing of this subject, inscribed `Arnold’s Cottage’, signed and numbered 1900 is in the Castle Museum, Norwich (1932.105,60).  A related watercolour `A garden house on the banks of the Yare' is of a similar subject, the same signature and the same extensive use of pencil was sold at Christie's on 16th November 2006, lot 61 for £18,000 hammer.

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