The Jesus Chapel, Norwich Cathedral with the tomb of Sir Thomas Windham

John Sell Cotmancirca 1807

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales

This work typifies many of the qualities of English watercolour painting in the early decades of the 19th century prior to the Victorian period, when the medium was used primarily for topographical work. Often on a modest scale, such watercolours were associated with the private collector’s portfolio, where they could be held and admired at close range, rather than the public exhibition. John Sell Cotman was a major exponent of the pure watercolour technique, using flat, transparent washes to build up form. The sheet is one of a series, probably intended for engraved reproduction, depicting views of the interior of Norwich Cathedral.

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  • Title: The Jesus Chapel, Norwich Cathedral with the tomb of Sir Thomas Windham
  • Creator: John Sell Cotman
  • Date Created: circa 1807
  • Physical Dimensions: 27.7 x 35.8 cm image/sheet; 53.0 x 60.0 x 2.0 cm frame
  • Provenance: P & D Colnaghi and Co, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Colnaghi's 1946
  • Type: Watercolour
  • Rights: Purchased 1946
  • External Link: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/7334/
  • Medium: watercolour with pencil underdrawing
  • Signature & Date: Not signed. Not dated.
  • Object Other Titles: Norwich Cathedral. In the Jesus Chapel looking west. Sir Thos. Windham's tomb in the foreground
  • Artist Country: England