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John Sell Cotman

1782 - 1842

Tan y Beolch, North Wales by John Sell Cotman

Tan y Beolch, North Wales  

  Original soft ground etching.
Ref: Popham 308
S 503 x 317 mm; P 124 x 178 mm; I 120 x 173 mm
Original J.S. Cotman soft ground etching.

Excellent impression from the first edition, as published for the large paper issue of J.S.Cotman’s Liber Studiorum in 1838.

Although famed primarily as a great watercolourist John Sell Cotman was one of the most productive original etchers of his generation. Indeed, he spent over fourteen years at the height of his artistic creativity engaged principally in the production of etchings and soft ground etchings. Between the years 1810 and 1824 J.S.Cotman produced some of the finest etched work to come from any member of the Norwich School. In particular, it was J.S.Cotman's work in soft ground etching which captured the qualities of his most vivacious pencil drawings of landscape. This technique allows the artist to drawn freely onto a surface applied to the printing plate which is then peeled away to expose the bare areas metal for etching. The freedom which this technique allows is beautifully demonstrated by this pleasing Welsh landscape view.

On warm cream wove paper with wide margins. Some foxing in outer margins, otherwise very fine original condition.