• The South Doorway, Buckenham Ferry Church, Norfolk -
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    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 inches

     

    Provenance:

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

     

    Exhibited:

    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.

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

     

    Provenance:

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

     

    Exhibited:

    Norwich, Boswell Centenary Exhibition, June 1939

  • The Interior of the Church at Léry, Normandy -
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    Signed lower left: J.S. Cotman 1817  

    Pencil on buff paper

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

     

    Provenance:

    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.

  • Slingsby Castle, Yorkshire -
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    signed, inscribed with title and numbered 668 lower right
    pencil
    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.

    Provenance:
    With Spink and Son, London, 1951

    Exhibited:
    London, Independent Gallery, 1928
  • Sultan Mahomed Shah?s Tomb, Bejapore -
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    Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour and stopping out

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

     

    Provenance:

    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.

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

     

    Provenance:

    Bulwer Collection;

    Sir Michael Sadler (1861-1943);

    With Thos. Agnew & Sons, London, 1945

     

    Exhibited:

    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 Abbey Church of Montivilliers near Havre de Grace, Normandy, France -
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    Provenance:

    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)

     

    Engraved:

    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.

  • Boats off the Coast, a Storm approaching -
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    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.

     

    Provenance:

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

    Private Collection, UK 

  • Arnold's Cottage -
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    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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