English, 1782 - 1842

A Spanish Chestnut Tree, Struck by Lightning

Date: ca. 1808 - 1810

John Sell Cotman was one of the leaders of the watercolor movement of the late 1700s and early 1800s in Britain. Collectors prized him for such delicate scenes as this rural study. This watercolor, in fact, functioned as more than just an exquisite possession. The inscribed notation of “1803” is not the date of execution but the numbering used by the artist to identify this work as one of a series of images meant to act as a guide or template for aficionados creating their own watercolors.

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Medium: Watercolor and pencil on paper

Inscriptions: Inscribed lower left corner: "J.S. Cotman"; dated lower left: "1803"

Dimensions: H: 10 1/8 x W: 7 1/4 in.

Accession: 0202

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Works on Paper - Subject Pictures

Tags: Road , Tree , Watercolor

Purchased March 28, 1990 from Thomas Agnew & Sons. From the collection of W.A. Clough, Comersal. Exhibited at the Leeds City Art Gallery, 1922-1926 and included in Exhibition No. 38, 117th Exhibition of Watercolours and Drawings 12th March - 6th April 1990.