This drawing was probably made by Cotman in 1800 when he was staying with the bookseller Joseph Cottle at Bristol.
Mountainous Landscape with Cattle and River - Tower of Arkinlow by John Sell Cotman, c. 1803
© The Courtauld Gallery
- Grey washes over pencil
- 24 x 43 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £3,011 ( Total: £3,011)
- Acquired in:
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.
L.G.Duke collection, his sale Sotheby's, 21/5/70, lot 3; Sir John Witt; Sotheby's 19/2/87, lot 101.