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John Sell Cotman, 1782–1842

Ruined House

between 1807 and 1810
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on millboard, mounted on panel
16 1/2 x 13 3/4 inches (41.9 x 34.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
architectural subject | boat | house | mast | men | ruins | wall
Associated Places:
England | Great Yarmouth | Norfolk | United Kingdom
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Cotman was fond of ruined houses-in Gorleston, Yarmouth, and St. Albans, for example, none very far from his home base in Norwich. The mast near the right margin suggests that this one was in Yarmouth. Disused farm buildings, such as The Old Pigeon House, Downham Market (Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide), intrigued him as well. These and other equally picturesque but quiet, occasionally melancholy, and always unpretentious subjects help to define what we now remember as the Norwich School, and Cotman's crucial position at its center.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2005

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, p. 70, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Albert Joseph Moore, John Sell Cotman, 1782-1842, Norfolk Museums Service, Norfolk, 1982, pp. 141-42, NJ18 C81 M66 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

Musée du Petit Palais, Peinture romantique anglaise et les preraphaelites., Exposition: 21 janvier-16 avril 1972. , Paris, 1972, p. 65, ND467 P37 1972 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Notable Works of Art Now on the Market:, Supplement , Burlington Magazine, v. 112,no.813, December, 1970, p. U8, U56, no. LII, N1 B87 (LC)+ (YCBA) [YCBA]

P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., Exhibition of English paintings, drawings, and prints [held at] P.& D. Colnaghi & Co., ltd., Feb. 23 to Mar. 19, 1971., P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London, 1971, no. 24, DealerCat [ORBIS]

Paul Mellon's Legacy : a passion for British art [large print labels], , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v.3, N5220 M552 P381 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

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