Catalogue entry

John Sell Cotman 1782–1842

T00969 Harlech Castle c.1800–2

Inscribed ‘J S Cotman’ b.r. Watercolour, 10½ x 16¿ (26.5 x 43).
Presented by the National Art-Collections Fund from the Herbert Powell Bequest 1967.
Coll: Herbert Powell by 1922; entrusted by him to the N.A.-C.F. 1929.
Exh: Tate Gallery, 1922 (5); see also under Atkins T00964.
Lit: S D Kitson, The Life of John Sell Cotman, 1937, p. 43; Martin Hardie, Water-colour Painting in Britain II, 1967, p. 74.

Probably worked up from sketches made by Cotman either on his first visit to Wales in 1800 or his second in 1802. Hardie inclined to the earlier date, ascribing the watercolour to 1801. Kitson preferred the later date.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1967–1968, London 1968.