Dolgelly, North Wales
Cotman, John Sell; draughtsman; British artist, 1782-1842
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).
paper; support; stuck down
watercolour over graphite, on thick paper stuck down on mounting card
height, 285, mm
width, 450, mm
bequeathed; 1937; Kitson, Sidney Decimus
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
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.
; old mount; graphite; Dolgelly. N. Wales; Kitson identifies this as Cotman's hand
Object Number: 2303
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(record id: 14816; input: 2000-10-25; modified: 2010-04-08)
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