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John Sell Cotman - British Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - John Sell Cotman (1782 - 1842)

After studying in London, John Sell Cotman returned home to work as a watercolorist and eventually join the Norwich School. In addition, Cotman also created successful oil paintings while living in Great Yarmouth from 1811 to 1823. As a result of poor sales, he returned to London and was employed as a drawing master at King’s College. His landscapes are known for their advanced use of light and shade, as well as their starkness. He spent virtually all his life in England, apart from three trips to Normandy financed by rich patrons. He moved to London at the age of sixteen, and was based there for the rest of his life, although he travelled and painted extensively in Yorkshire. The British Museum in London, England has a large collection of Cotman's works, as do the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Norwich Castle Museum in Norwich. Cotman's name is used as a trademark by Winsor & Newton for a range of artist's watercolour materials.

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