Biography John Sell Cotman
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.
Timeline of John Sell Cotman:
1798: Cotman goes to London to be an artist and is employed by Rudolph Ackermann at the Depository of Arts in the Strand.
1800: He stays in Wales with the well-known collector Sir George Beaumont.
1803-05: He visits the Cholmeley Family of Brandsby Hall, Yorkshire.
1806: Cotman settles back in Norwich where he opens a school of drawing and design. He becomes Vice President of Crome’s Norwich School of Artists. Helso becomes drawing master to the banker and antiquarian Dawson Turner, in Great Yarmouth.
1809: He marries Ann Miles.
1816-1818: “Architectural Antiquities of Norfolk”.
1819: He writes “Sepulchral Brasses in Norfolk and Suffolk”.
1820: He creates plates for Dawson Turners book “Tour in Normandy”.
1822: He creates plates for Dawson Turner’s book “Architectural Antiquities of Normandy”.
1834: Cotman becomes Professor of Drawing at Kings College, London through the offices of Lady Palgrave, Dawson Turner’s daughter.
1838: “Liber Studiorum” (48 soft-ground etchings).
When and Where did he Die?
24th July 1842, London, England. It was reported that he died of “natural decay”.
Age at Death:
1805: “Greta Bridge” (British Museum).
1809 to Ann Miles.
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.