John Sell Cotman

Cattle at a Stream under Trees

1829

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
John Sell Cotman 1782–1842
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 64 x 92 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T09566

Display caption

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

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