• Still-Life of Boxes, Bottles, Jars and a Gavel -

    With a watercolour of a pupil’s work verso

    Inscribed verso: Still Life - a New Year gift to Brother John 1841

    Watercolour over pencil

    168 x 263 mm., 6 ½ x 10 ¼ in.



    Given by the artist to his brother John Joseph Cotman, 1841

  • Shipping in Rough Seas -

    Watercolour heightened with stopping out

    310 x 405 mm., 12 ¼ x 16 in.


    Miles Edmund Cotman was the eldest son of John Sell Cotman (1782-1842) and was brought up an artist. He exhibited in London between 1835 and 1856 and succeeded his father as Drawing Master to King’s College, London. His marine scenes are very close in style to his father’s and can be difficult to tell apart. Still-lives are rare in his oeuvre.

  • The Doorway to Framlingham Earl Church, Norfolk -

    Signed lower left: Framlingham/April 13th 1826 M E Cotman

    Pencil on wove Whatman paper dated 1822

    34.1 by 24.2 cm., 13 ¼ by 9 ½ inches


    This is one of the earliest dated drawings by Miles Edmund Cotman, the eldest son of John Sell Cotman, drawn when he was only 16. Unsurprisingly it shows the strong influence of his father, both stylistically and in terms of the subject. A drawing of the north door of Framlingham Earl church by J.S. Cotman, dated 1816, is in the collection of Norwich Castle Museum.


    Framlingham Earl is four miles south-east of Norwich and the church of St. Andrew is famous for its classic Norfolk round tower.

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