John Sell Cotman (1782-1842) was born in Norwich, and grew up knowing he wanted to be an artist. He studied at The Royal Academy of Arts, and in 1834 became the Master of Landscape Drawing at King's College School. He painted landscapes and maritime themed works using materials such as oils and watercolours, or pencils and chalk.
The upcoming exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery focuses on Cotman's paintings done during the time he spent in Normandy after the Nepoleonic Wars, and is accompanied by a couple of events over January.
Thursday 10th January
Late Night Viewing: Cotman in Normandy and Victoria to Arcadia
Visit thr Dulwich Picture Gallery on the 10th January for a glass of wine and a late night viewing of all the gallery's current exhibitions. There will be two film screening of the documentary film From Victoria to Arcadia: The Avant Garde Art of Clive Head at 6.45pm & 7.45pm. The film includes interviews with Clive Head, and key figures in his personal and professional life.
Then at the alternative times of 7.15pm & 8pm, you will be able to listen to the Gallery Singers.
Saturday 12th January
Study Day: Exploring Cotman's Normandy
Timothy Wilcox, curator of the 'Cotman's Normandy' exhibition, will lead a lively discussion about the artist and his place in the traditions of British watercolour paintings. The introductory talk, 'A time of rediscovery: France and Britain after the Napoleonic Wars' will be given by the University of Cambridge's modern history professor, Robert Tombs. He and the other speakers on the panel will provide a greater sense of understanding about the world in which Cotman lived and worked.
After the talk, Wilcox will give you a private tour of the exhibit, presenting Cotman's work with a focus on landscapes and architectural history. Tickets cost £38, and includes morning coffee, a light lunch, tea and access to the gallery's permanent collection.