On the River Yare

Cotman, John Sell

An oil painting, one of very few painted by Cotman in that medium. See also Cotman’s sketch of the West Door, St. Nicholas, King’s Lynn. On the River Yare. In 1812, Cotman moved to Yarmouth, under the patronage of Dawson Turner, a local banker. Bought by the LACF in 1934, On the River Yare is one of the few oil paintings made by Cotman. He had married in 1809 and, in order to support his family, he began a commercial venture, producing a ‘Circulating Library’ of six hundred drawings for subscribers to copy. Following three tours in Normandy, in 1818 and 1820, commissioned by his patron Dawson Turner, Cotman returned to Norwich in 1823, where he remained until he was appointed Professor of Drawing at King’s College School. In 1837, Cotman’s class was joined by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his brother William, who later remembered Cotman as ‘an alert, forceful-looking man, of modest stature, with a fine well-moulded face, which testified to an impulsive nature, somewhat worn and worried’.

Cotman

Oil on canvas

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