This masterpiece of Cotman's late style was painted in an experimental mix of watercolour and flour paste. This blend was intended to give the watercolour a density and depth of colour closer to the qualities of oil paint.

As in his best work, the composition is simple and clearly organised. It is combined with a vigorous interpretation of light and shade, to express the stormy movement of the sky.


  • Title: The Shepherd on the Hill
  • Creator: John Sell Cotman
  • Creator Lifespan: 1782/1842
  • Date Created: 1831
  • Physical Dimensions: 23 cm x 33.6 cm
  • Rights: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by Miss Richardson in memory of her brother-in-law Henry Bell in 1938
  • Medium: Paper; Watercolour; Paste

Get the app

Explore museums and play with Art Transfer, Pocket Galleries, Art Selfie, and more

Flash this QR Code to get the app
Google apps