John Sell Cotman

Crypt in the Church of St Gervais, Rouen

1819

Not on display

Artist
John Sell Cotman 1782–1842
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 184 × 276 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Sir Jeremiah Colman Bt through the Art Fund 1918
Reference
N03330

Display caption

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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