John Sell Cotman

Duncombe Park, Yorkshire

c.1806–8

Not on display

Artist
John Sell Cotman 1782–1842
Medium
Oil paint on paper on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 416 × 279 mm
frame: 512 × 383 × 57 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1921
Reference
N03572

Display caption

It was on visits to north Yorkshire in the years 1803-5 that Cotman developed his highly individual style as a watercolourist. Some of his finest work was based on studies made in Duncombe Park, Helmlsey. He only took up oil painting, however, in 1806 and never returned to Yorkshire, so this small painting of trees must have been made away from the spot if the traditional title is correct.

Gallery label, September 2004

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