About John Sell Cotman

Our beautiful cottage, Cotman is named after John Sell Cotman (16 May 1782 – 24 July 1842) who was an English marine and landscape painter, etcher, illustrator, author and a leading member of the Norwich school of artists.

Cotman was born in Norwich, England, on 16 May 1782, the eldest son of a prosperous silk merchant and lace dealer, and was educated at the Norwich School. He showed a talent for art from an early age and would often go out on frequent drawing trips into the surrounding countryside.

Cotman worked in oils, watercolour, pencil and chalk, and produced many hundreds of etchings. His work can be found in the United Kingdom at the Castle Museum and Art Gallery in Norwich (well over 2000 pieces), Leeds Art Gallery, the Tate Gallery, the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and other regional centres. In the United States, Cotman is represented at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut and other galleries around the country