View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
This work demonstrates Cotman's ability to achieve bold and strong effects in graphite, even in a tiny sketch. This has been achieved by using a thick square-ended pencil and a firm hand. Cotman probably worked very quickly to capture his first impressions of the scene. The background lines are lighter, so that the areas they describe seem further away.
Gallery label, August 2004