The Shepherd on the Hill

John Sell Cotman, 1831

WAG 154

About this object

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.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    John Sell Cotman (British: English, born:16 May 1782, died:24 July 1842)
  • Date
    1831
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Paste; Paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 23 cm x 33.6 cm
  • Physical description
    A view of a shepherd standing with his dog on a hill beneath a blue sky with sheep in the far distance. The shepherd wears a green coat and hat and is holding a stick.
  • Related people
    Henry Bell (Previous owner); John Sell Cotman (Artist/maker); C F Hughes (Previous owner); Adelaide Richardson (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 154
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by Miss Richardson in memory of her brother-in-law Henry Bell in 1938
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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Publications

  • Early English Drawings and Watercolours in the Walker Art Gallery

    Edward Morris & Timothy Stevens

    Author: Edward Morris & Timothy Stevens
    Publisher: Liverpool Letterpress Limited, Member of the Steel House Press
    Date: 1968
    Description: Catalogue of Early English Drawings and Watercolours in the Walker Art Gallery collection

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Adelaide Richardson

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1938
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery in 1938
  • Henry Bell

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • C F Hughes

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: J.S. Cotman 1831
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    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower left
  • Inscription text: J. Whatman 1830
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  • Inscription text: Thos. Agnew & Sons. Ltd., London, 43 Old Bond Street, Piccadilly, W.
    Inscription method: Label
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    Inscription location: Backing
Object view = Fine Art
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