John Sell Cotman

Bristol Ferry

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John Sell Cotman

Norwich 1782 - 1842 London

Bristol Ferry

Watercolour over pencil, heightened with white and touches of scratching out, original wash-line mount;

signed, inscribed and dated verso: Bristol. Ferry. / JS Cotman 1802

A. Richards;
with Agnew's, London, by 1983;
where acquired by the present owner

Ed. M. Rajnai, John Sell Cotman, 1982, p. 44, no. 9
London, Agnew's, 1975, no. 65;
London, Agnew's, 1982, no. 83;
London, Arts Council of Great Britain, 1982, no. 9
Cotman's only documented visit to Bristol was in June 1800 where he stayed with the Norton family, before traveling into Wales.

In circa 1808-10, he returned to the subject of this watercolour when he produced an oil entitled Ferry House at Bristol. This work is now in the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh.

1.  M. Rajnai, John Sell Cotman 1782-1842, p. 150, no. 116