John Sell Cotman

Seashore with Boats

c.1808

Medium
Oil paint on board
Dimensions
Support: 283 x 410 mm
frame: 550 x 677 x 92 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1935
Reference
N04785

Display caption

Cotman's comparatively few works in oil reveal the same instinct for subtle pattern-making that characterises his more substantial output as a watercolourist and printmaker. The scene here is possibly Cromer beach. Anne Miles, whom Cotman married in 1809, lived two miles away from Cromer and Cotman exhibited four Cromer subjects between 1808 and 1810.

Gallery label, August 2004

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