The Cotman Collection | 79

Cotmania. Vol. V. 1929-30

Archive: SDK Sydney Decimus Kitson Archive
Reference Number: SDK/1/2/1/5
Page: 59 verso

  • Description

    Ashmolean Museum, Album of Drawings

    Note on item 136

    Date: 1929-30

  • Transcription

    See (137) (sic)
    A pencil drawing of Wheatacre Ch[urch] by E. Setchel.
    — C.F.B[ell] writes - "Copy of a drawing attributed to Cotman in the Bulwer Coll[ectio]n (1925). This is in water-colour & in an extremely primitive style, apparently earlier than 1800. So that if it be by Cotman, & the existence of the present copy supports this attribution, it must be one of his earliest works."
    N[orman] D[arnton] L[upton] & I saw this at Walker's Galleries 8.10.29. It is a good Cotman w[ater]c[olour] of 1806-8. The checkered tower gives it a slightly bizarre look, but otherwise it is a normal example of the very 'Cotmanesque' work of those years.
    The drawing copy No. (bottom l. corner) 479 -
    corresponds with near Nos. - e.g. '476. Cotman' - a tower w[ater]c[olour] - R. J. Colman. c.1808 & '484. J. S. Cotman' - pencil drawing on buff paper [479 is also buff paper] Reeve Coll[ectio]n Brit[ish] Mus[eum] - c.1808.

Ashmolean Museum, Album of Drawings