Not on display
Cotman travelled to Normandy in 1817 and 1818 at the suggestion of Dawson Turner, one of his most important patrons. While touring the region he made many watercolour studies, including this drawing. It was made to illustrate Dawson Turner’s book, Architectural Antiquities of Normandy, published in 1822. Cotman enhances the crypt’s stark interior and isolation through dramatic lighting and the small figure by the stairs. The drawing corresponds with Turner’s description of the crypt’s ‘extreme simplicity and remote antiquity’.
Gallery label, October 2019
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