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Victorian Norwich Watercolour ‘Girl With Primroses'
Victorian Norwich School Watercolour ‘Girl With Primroses’ Nr Wells Norfolk. By Frederick George Cotman 1850-1920. This lovely scene depicts a pretty young girl on a breezy Spring day with her dog on the heather covered salt marshes. A beautiful composition by this famous Norwich school artist. Size: 13”inches x 8”inches. Frederick George Cotman was the son of Henry Cotman and a nephew of the celebrated painter, John Sell Cotman (1782-1842) Most known for his portraits of London society and his highly finished narrative scenes. Cotman is also remembered for his impressionistic oils and watercolours of his native East Anglia which are among his most successful work. He entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1868 and became a regular exhibitor of both oil s and watercolours, showing at the Royal Academy Schools from 1871 onwards. His The Death of Eucles now in the Town Hall, Ipswich, won him the gold medal in 1873. Cotman’s early watercolours were admired and collected by prominent artistic figures of the time including Frederick, Lord Leighton (1830-1896) and George Frederick Watts (1817-1904). In fact, Cotman collaborated with Leighton when the latter engaged him to help paint The Daphnephoria in 1876 (Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool). Cotman was also employed in a similar capacity by the artist, Henry Tamworth Wells (1828-1903). James McNeill (1834-1903) is known to have been an admirer of Cotman’s work and in a letter of 1888 to Walter Dowdeswell, he spoke approvingly of Cotman’s current work on exhibition, describing it as ‘very pretty’. The reverse of a picture quite often tells a story,this one certainly does,one can see that it has never been out of its original frame,label from Chas G Smithers Leadenhall Street, London,fragment oan old label and another later label, A lovely "really honest" painting from a famous artist.


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