John Sell Cotman Cattle at a Stream under Trees 1829

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John Sell Cotman 1782–1842
Cattle at a Stream under Trees
Date 1829
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 64 x 92 mm
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
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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.

August 2004

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