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Title:

Dolgelly, North Wales

Maker:

Cotman, John Sell; draughtsman; British artist, 1782-1842

Category:

drawing

Name:

drawing

Date:

circa 1804 1805
Kitson suggest that Cotman painted this version of Dolgelly in the winter of 1804-5, after a sketch made in 1802, during his second tour in Wales, when he and his travelling companion, Paul Sandby Munn, stayed in Dolgelly for four days, 19-23 July. This 1802 sketch, once attributed to Crome, passed as part of the Cotman Collection, to the Castle Museum Norwich (No. 252, 235.951) (See photo in file).

School/Style:

British

Technique:

watercolour

Material(s):

watercolour; medium
graphite; medium
paper; support; stuck down

Technique
Description:

watercolour over graphite, on thick paper stuck down on mounting card

Dimension(s):

height, 285, mm
width, 450, mm

Acquisition:

bequeathed; 1937; Kitson, Sidney Decimus

Provenance:

Sir William Worsley, 2nd Bart., of Hovingham Hall near York (d. 1897); Susan, Lady Worsley (d. 1933); by whom bequeathed to Lt. Col. Sir Douglas Powell, Bart; Lady Powell, by whom sold at Christie's 2 August 1934, lot 73 as 'J. Cotman, 'On the Wharf', bt. Walkers Galleries (155 gns); bt. S.D. Kitson, 13 Aug. 1934, his no. 820

Notes:

Kitson also mentions an early watercolour by John Varley of a very similar view of Dolgelly dateable by comparison with other drawings, 1802. The composition is extremely similar to Girtin's 'Valley of the Rye with Rievaulx Abbey', coll. T. Girtin.

Inscription:

; old mount; graphite; Dolgelly. N. Wales; Kitson identifies this as Cotman's hand

Exhibition(s):

Treasures of Cambridge. 1959-03-17 - 1959-04-18
Organiser: Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths
Venue: Goldsmith's Hall, London?
Catalogue number: 84

British Landscape Watercolours, 1750-1850. 1994
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.)
Notes: p. 102

British Watercolours. A Golden Age 1750-1850. 1977-10-17 - 1977-11-26
Venue: Speed Museum, Kentucky
Catalogue number: 57

Exhibition of Watercolour Drawings by J.R. Cozens and J.S. Cotman. 1937-10
Venue: Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

John Sell Cotman. 1960-10-01 - 1960-10-29
Venue: Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford
Catalogue number: 15

Paintings and Drawings by J.S. Cotman. 1978-11-04 - 1978-11-26
Venue: Gainsborough's House, Sudbury (Suff.)
Catalogue number: 50

Accession:

Object Number: 2303
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(record id: 14816; input: 2000-10-25; modified: 2010-04-08)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/14816





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