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Regency Portraits Catalogue

John Sell Cotman (1782-1842), Landscape painter

Pencil, ink and watercolour self-portrait exhibited in 'English Portrait and Marine Drawings from a Private Collection', Norwich Castle Museum 1972 - a rather hazy head and shoulders inscribed: Drawn between June 26 & 27 at 12 o'clock Midnight by J. S. Cotman (reproduced in 'English Drawings and Watercolours', Colnaghi, 1965, plate 13).

Pencil profile by Cornelius Varley in Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, made with his 'graphic telescope' and inscribed: Cotman of Norwich (see Burlington Magazine, August 1945, p 203 and November 1972, p 782).

Watercolour self-portrait 'The Toy Boat', formerly in the Russell Colman collection, whole-length with his wife and daughter on Yarmouth beach (reproduced Sydney Kitson, The Life of J. S. Cotman, 1937, p 165).

Two oil portraits of Mr and Mrs Cotman said to have been painted from drawings by H. B. Love (born 1800) at the time of their marriage in 1809 but more likely during their first journey abroad in 1817 (see Eastern Daily Press, 21 October 1926).

Drawing by J. P. Davis in V&A Museum, etched by Mrs Dawson Turner and inscribed: John Sell Cotman, author of Antiquities &c/J P Davis delt 1818.

Watercolour drawing 'The Investigation', formerly in Kitson collection, in Tudor costume with his two sons Miles and Alfred (reproduced Sydney Kitson, The Life of J. S. Cotman, 1937, p 277).

Drawings by Horace Beevor Love (see NPG 1372).

Black chalk drawing by Miles Edmund Cotman in British Museum (Laurence Binyon, Catalogue of Drawings by British Artists … in the British Museum, I, p 259).

Oil by Alfred Clint in Thetford Town Hall, three-quarter-length seated to left wearing a wig.

Chalk drawing by J. J. Cotman (NPG 3013).

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.