John Sell Cotman
The Drop Gate c.1826

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John Sell Cotman 1782–1842
The Drop Gate
Date c.1826
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 349 x 260 mm
frame: 525 x 445 x 70 mm
Acquisition Presented by Sir William Lancaster 1922
Not on display

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This painting is one of a small group of oils thought to have been made in response to a newspaper criticism that Cotman could not draw or paint trees; three of the works, all larger than this one, were exhibited in 1827. It is not known whether the picture was based on earlier drawings or whether the scene is instead an imaginary one.

September 2004

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