Llyn Ogwen

John Sell Cotman, probably 1824

WAG 153

About this object

Cotman's style is characterised by simplified areas of wash used with great subtlety. His watercolours were almost always done indoors but they were based on pencil sketches and observations he made outside.

Cotman first painted a view of Lyn Ogwen in 1803 after a Welsh tour. This watercolour was made much later. We know the sheet of paper was made in 1823 because of its watermark.

The artist had to rely on teaching to make a living. This watercolour is incomplete and may have been intended for a pupil to finish.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Lake Scene
  • Artist(s)
    John Sell Cotman (British: English, born:16 May 1782, died:24 July 1842)
  • Date
    probably 1824
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Pencil; Paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 23.1 cm x 33.6 cm
  • Physical description
    A landscape view of a lake surrounded by mountains in brown and blue tones. Cattle are wading in the water on the right and a cart with two figures is drawn close to the waters edge in the centre.
  • Related people
    John Sell Cotman (Artist/maker); James King (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 153
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by James King in 1917
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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    Date: 1968
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Previous owners

  • James King

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1917
    Disposal method: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery in 1917


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: Vincent
    Inscription method: in pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back
  • Inscription text: BE & S 1823
    Inscription method:
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Object view = Fine Art
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