John Sell Cotman was a nineteenth century artist known for his use of watercolours
When and Where was he Born?
16th May 1782, Norwich, England.
Cotman was the son of a well-off merchant.
1798 sent to London to study painting and met J.M.W. Turner and Girtin.
Chronology/Biography of John Sell Cotman:
1798: Cotman went to London to be an artist and was employed by Rudolph Ackermann at the Depository of Arts in the Strand.
1800: Staying in Wales with the well-known collector Sir George Beaumont.
1803-05: Visited the Cholmeley Family of Brandsby Hall, Yorkshire.
1806: Settled back in Norwich where he opened a school of drawing and design. Became Vice President of Crome’s Norwich School of Artists. Also became drawing master to the banker and antiquarian Dawson Turner in Great Yarmouth.
1816-1818: “Architectural Antiquities of Norfolk”.
1819: Wrote “Sepulchral Brasses in Norfolk and Suffolk”.
1820: Plates for Dawson Turners “Tour in Normandy”.
1822: Plates for Dawson Turner’s “Architectural Antiquities of Normandy”.
1834: Cotman became Professor of Drawing at Kings College, London through the offices of Lady Palgrave, Dawson Turner’s daughter.
1838: “Liber Studiorum” (48 soft-ground etchings).
1805: “Greta Bridge” (British Museum).
1809 to Ann Miles.
When and Where did he Die?
24th July 1842, London, England.
Age at Death:
Site of Grave:
St. George’s Church, Wellington Road, St. John’s Wood, London, England.
Places of Interest:
Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal
Bolton Art Gallery
City Art Gallery
Norwich City and Castle
Ory Art Gallery, Leeds.