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10 People in artist grouping: Norwich School

Founded in 1803 by John Crome and Robert Ladbrooke, The Norwich School of Painters, or The Norwich Society of Artists as it was also known, aimed to create a working environment, where a group of self-taught artists could come and share practices and techniques, with the aim of professional development and patronage. After their initial meetings in a local public house, the society moved to bigger premises where they could show work and hold exhibitions. The first exhibition, held in 1805, was so popular that it became an annual event until 1833. After the death of John Crome in 1921, the society was led by John Sell Cotman until 1834, when, after Cotman’s relocation to London, the society finally closed.

Thomas Gainsborough

1727-1788
Portrait and landscape painter
Sitter in 8 portraits | Artist associated with 262 portraits

John Burnet

1784-1868
Painter and engraver
Sitter in 3 portraits | Artist associated with 10 portraits

John Joseph Cotman

1814-1878
Painter
Artist of 1 portrait

John Sell Cotman

1782-1842
Landscape painter
Sitter in 2 portraits | Artist associated with 6 portraits

John Crome

1768-1821
Landscape painter and founder of the Norwich School
Sitter in 4 portraits

John Bernay Crome

1794-1842
Landscape painter
Sitter in 1 portrait

Sir Martin Archer Shee

1769-1850
Portrait painter and President of the Royal Academy
Sitter in 3 portraits | Artist associated with 85 portraits

James Stark

1794-1859
Landscape painter
Sitter in 1 portrait

George Vincent

1796-1836?
Landscape painter
Sitter in 1 portrait

John Wonnacott

1940-
Painter
Artist of 9 portraits