Yarmouth Lugger and Other Vessels in a Calm

John Sell Cotman,

WAG 8146

About this object

The principal boat in 'Yarmouth Lugger and Other Vessels in a Calm' was originally identified as a wherry boat, traditionally used for carrying cargo or passengers and mainly associated with the river Thames and areas of Norfolk and Suffolk. In June 1979 the former Keeper of the Merseyside Maritime Museum, Michael Stammers, confirmed that the boat was actually a lugger, most commonly used as a fishing boat in Northern Europe.

It has been suggested that 'Yarmouth Lugger and Other Vessels in a Calm' could be attributed to Miles Edmund Cotman (1810 - 1858), Cotman's son. With no firm evidence for this it is difficult to distinguish between the two, so the watercolour has retained its traditional attribution to Cotman.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Yarmouth Wherry and Other Vessels in a Calm
  • Artist(s)
    John Sell Cotman (British: English, born:16 May 1782, died:24 July 1842)
  • Date
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 23.7 cm x 33.5 cm
  • Physical description
    A light seascape of a lugger and two other vessels on calm water.
  • Related people
    Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire (Previous owner); John Sell Cotman (Artist/maker); Fine Art Society (Previous owner); Von Holst (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 8146
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by C F J Beausire in 1972
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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Publications

  • English Watercolours in the Collection of C F J Beausire

    Edward Morris

    Author: Edward Morris
    Publisher: Walker Art Gallery, Printed by Elliot Bros. & Yeoman Ltd.
    Date: 1970
    Description:

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1972
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery in 1972
  • Fine Art Society

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Von Holst

    Owned from: 1964
    How acquired: bought from Sotheby's, 18/3/1964, Lot 5
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: Gt. Yarm
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front (on the ship)
  • Inscription text: Fine Art Society, no. 8135 / 5 April 1965
    Inscription method: Label
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location:
Object view = Fine Art
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