In the lull that followed he read a life of the Norfolk artist John Sell Cotman
(1782-1842), thought hard about the nature of English art and embarked on a series of topographical watercolours.
The collection was expanded on the Sunny Crawford von Bulow Fund, and includes approximately 40 works by Louis-Nicolas De Lespinasse, Richard Wilson, John Sell Cotman
, Eugene Delacroix, and others.
This particular painting I by John Sell Cotman
I is probably an abstract of Cromer beach.
And the painters of clouds, from John Sell Cotman
to the French Impressionists, usually included at the bottom of their pictures a pasture with cows.
Even so, this letdown in splendor is offset by the inclusion of John Sell Cotman
's Hell Cauldron (1805), a watercolor landscape whose crisp stylings are somehow both appropriate and antithetical to its medium.
John Sell Cotman
was an outsider who applied to become a Member of the Old Society in 1806 and was rejected.
There was also a new auction record for John Sell Cotman
. His watercolour of picturesque ruins, Part of the Refectory of Walsingham Abbey, Norfolk, made 338,500 [pounds sterling].
Many people's favourite painter, John Sell Cotman
, is represented by a gem-like painting from Norwich.
Among work featured by other "fresh air" artists are paintings by John Sell Cotman
; Francis Danby; George Stubbs' scenes of Newmarket and John Crome's curious Moonrise on the Yare, all silhouette and yellow light.
They include works by JMW Turner, Paul Sandby, JR Cozens, John 'Warwick'' Smith, Thomas Varley, Thomas Girtin, Anthony Vandyke, Copley Fielding, Peter de Wint, David Cox and John Sell Cotman
The eight-lecture season also includes Medieval England, Cambodia, the USA's west coast and art historian David Hill on John Sell Cotman
. Details from Brian White on 01325 353312.
Harewood's big summer exhibition, until October 30, features 81 paintings of Yorkshire and Humberside by John Sell Cotman
(1782-1842) and takes its title from Jane Austen's novel, Sense and Sensibility.