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Architectural Antiquities of Normandy
by John Sell Cotman; Accompanied by Historical and Descriptive Notices
by Dawson Turner, Esq. F.R. and A.S.

Published in London by J. & A. Arch in 1822

Original 190-year-old etchings on wove paper
Sheet size: 13.5 x 19.25 inches (one double page noted below)

John Sell Cotman (1782-1842) was an English landscape painter (mainly in watercolour) and etcher. He moved from Norwich to London in 1798, aged 16, and became a member of Dr. Monro's circle. As far as is known, he had no formal tuition in art, but by 1800 he was already accomplished enough to have six of his watercolours accepted for the annual Royal Academy exhibition.

Between 1800 and 1805 he made several sketching tours to Wales and Yorkshire and these resulted in some of his finest works. They did not bring him much success, however, and in 1806 he returned to his native city, where, together with Crome, he became the most important representative of the Norwich School. As well as depicting local scenery, he made several trips to France, which bore fruit in Architectural Antiquities of Normandy (1822), one of various books he illustrated with his etchings, which are now offered below.

In 1834 he moved to London to become professor of drawing at King's College, a position he held until his death. He was delighted to be offered the post, as he often had difficulty in making a living with his work and he was in debt at the time. Throughout his life he was also subject to periods of melancholia and despondency.

His sons, Miles Edward Cotman and John Joseph Cotman, also became painters of note.

[Refs: Adele M. Holcomb, John Sell Cotman, British Museum Publications, 1978; The Oxford Dictionary of Art]

Occasional fox marks present in the margins of some prints.
Please click on the thumbnails for an enlarged view.

Castle of Arques

Plate 1

Castle of Arques
principal entrance


Abbey Church of Jumieges, West front

Plate 2

Abbey Church of Jumieges
West front

$55

Abbey Church of St. Georges de Bocherville

Plate 5

Abbey Church of St. Georges de Bocherville
West front

$55

Abbey Church of St. Georges de Bocherville

Plate 5

Abbey Church of St. Georges de Bocherville
View from the South East

$60

Abbey Church of St. Georges de Bocherville

Plate 7

Abbey Church of St. Georges de Bocherville
West entrance

Abbey Church of St. Georges de Bocherville

Plate 9

Abbey Church of St. Georges de Bocherville
Sculptured Capitals

Abbey Church of St. Georges de Bocherville

Plate 10

Capitals in the Abbey Church of St. Georges de Bocherville
A.B. Basso Relieves in the trancepts

Abbey Church of St. Georges de Bocherville

Plate 11

Abbey Church of St. Georges de Bocherville
Sculpture on a suite of Capitals in the Cloister, &c

$40

Church of Graville

Plate 12

Church of Graville

$55

Castle of St. Sauveur le Vicomte, near Valonges

Plate 13

Castle of St. Sauveur le Vicomte
near Valonges


Abbey Church of St. Sauveur le Vicomte

Plate 14

Abbey Church of St. Sauveur le Vicomte


Church of Than

Plate 16

Church of Than

$45

Church of Tamerville

Plate 17

Church of Tamerville

$55

Tower of the Church of St. Michel de Vaucelles, Caen

Plate 18

Tower of the Church of St. Michel de Vaucelles, Caen

$60

Church of St. Michel de Vaucelles, Caen

Plate 19

Church of St. Michel de Vaucelles, Caen

Statue of William, Duke of Normandy

Plate 20

Statue of William
Duke of Normandy


$50

Abbey Church of the Holy Trinity, Caen-West front

Plate 24

Abbey Church of the Holy Trinity, Caen
West front

$65

Abbey Church of the Holy Trinity, Caen—West front

Plate 25

Abbey Church of the Holy Trinity, Caen
East end

$55

Abbey Church of the Holy Trinity, Caen-East end interior

Plate 26

Abbey Church of the Holy Trinity, Caen
East end interior

$55

Abbey Church of the Holy Trinity, Caen-North side of the Choir, upper compartment

Plate 27

Abbey Church of the Holy Trinity, Caen
North side of the Choir, upper compartment

$45

Abbey Church of the Holy Trinity, Caen-Arches under the central Tower looking from the South Transept

Plate 28

Abbey Church of the Holy Trinity, Caen
Arches under the central Tower looking from the South Transept

Abbey Church of the Holy Trinity, Caen-Interior of the Nave, looking west

Plate 30

Abbey Church of the Holy Trinity, Caen
Interior of the Nave, looking west

$50

Abbey Church of the Holy Trinity, Caen-South side of the Nave, exterior

Plate 31

Abbey Church of the Holy Trinity, Caen
South side of the Nave, exterior

$45

Abbey Church of the Holy Trinity, Caen-Capitals in the Choir

Plate 33

Abbey Church of the Holy Trinity, Caen
Capitals in the Choir

$45

Church of St. Jacques, at Dieppe

Plate 35

Church of St. Jacques, at Dieppe
West front

Church of St. Jacques, at Dieppe

Plate 36

Church of St. Jacques, at Dieppe
East end

$55

Tower of the Church of Haute Allemagne near Caen

Plate 37

Tower of the Church of Haute Allemagne near Caen

$50

Collegiate Church of St. Hildebert at Gournay

Plate 38

Collegiate Church of St. Hildebert at Gournay
West front

$65

Collegiate Church of St. Hildebert at Gournay

Plate 39

Collegiate Church of St. Hildebert at Gournay
View across the Nave into the North transept

$50

Collegiate Church of St. Hildebert at Gournay

Plate 39

Collegiate Church of St. Hildebert at Gournay
Capitals

$45

Collegiate Church of St. Hildebert at Gournay

Plate 41

Collegiate Church of St. Hildebert at Gournay
Capitals

$40

Chapel of the Hospital of St. Julien, near Rouen (south side)

Plate 42

Chapel of the Hospital of St. Julien, near Rouen
South side, and elevations of west Doorway, interior & exterior

$40

Chapel of the Hospital of St. Julien, near Rouen (Interior, Choir & part of Nave)

Plate 43

Chapel of the Hospital of St. Julien, near Rouen
Interior, Choir & part of Nave

$45

Church of Lery near Pont-de-l'Arche

Plate 44

Church of Lérÿ
near Pont-de-l'Arche
General view, looking south east

$60

Church of Lery near Pont-de-l'Arche

Plate 45

Church of Lérÿ
near Pont-de-l'Arche


$60

Church of Lery near Pont-de-l'Arche

Plate 46

Church of Lérÿ
near Pont-de-l'Arche


$45

Elevations of the Church of Colomby near Valognes

Plate 47

Elevations of the Church of Colomby near Valognes

$55

Chapel in the Castle at Caen

Plate 48

Chapel in the Castle at Caen

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