Mountainous Landscape with Cattle and River - Tower of Arkinlow by John Sell Cotman

This drawing was probably made by Cotman in 1800 when he was staying with the bookseller Joseph Cottle at Bristol.

Details

Medium:
Grey washes over pencil
Dimensions:
24 x 43 cm
Art Fund grant:
£3,011 ( Total: £3,011)
Acquired in:
1988
Vendor:
Sotheby's

Cottle had recently published the poems of Robert Southey, and it was Southey's lines which inspired this dramatic composition: High on a rock whose castle's shade Darkened the lake below In ancient strength majestic stood The Tower of Arkinlow.

Provenance

L.G.Duke collection, his sale Sotheby's, 21/5/70, lot 3; Sir John Witt; Sotheby's 19/2/87, lot 101.

Venue details

The Courtauld Gallery Somerset House, Strand, LONDON London WC2R 0RN 020 7848 2526 www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery

Entry details

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