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John Sell Cotman in Norwich and London

  • 4 March 2019 11.00am - 2.30am
  • Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
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Join us for a talk by Dr Giorgia Bottinelli, Curator of Historic Art at Norfolk Museums Service, about her exhibition which reveals Cotman's later life through iconic late watercolours and rarely seen drawings.

One of the most original watercolourists of the nineteenth century, John Sell Cotman (1782-1842) is justly celebrated for the ground-breaking watercolours he made after visiting Yorkshire in 1803, 1804 and 1805. His later work, however, is less known. The drawings and watercolours in this exhibition focus on the last two decades of Cotman’s life and introduce an artist who never tired of experimenting and innovating.

In the first decades of the 19th Century, Cotman moved from London to Norwich, then settled for a time in Great Yarmouth before returning to Norwich in 1823, where he set himself up as a drawing master. Although Cotman enjoyed some critical acclaim, popular and financial success did not follow. Returning to London in early 1834, to a teaching position at the recently-founded King’s College, Cotman wrote to his patron Dawson Turner: "My mode of teaching shall be … to gain the love and respect of my pupils. They are and shall be my best friends."

Tickets are £20 per person, exclusive to EAAF members and include refreshments on arrival and a soup lunch.

11.00amMeet and Coffee in the Norwich Castle Rotunda
11.30amTalk in the Benefactors' Room
12.30pmLunch
1.30pmExhibition View
2.30pmClose
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