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The River Sarthe at Alençon; a house on a river bank; two story building beside water, with a boat drawing up to the shore; washing hanging out on the landward side; enclosed within a framing line
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Height: 96 millimetres
Width: 140 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- An etching of this subject by M.E.Cotman is in the collection, 1902,0514.637. The printed is mounted on a small card, inscribed by J.Reeve: "M.E.C. after drawing by J.S.C. River Sarthe, Alençon See sketch in book". The sketch referred to is probably 1902,0514.178, later remounted in a different book to that in which it was preserved by Reeve. 1902,0514.178 is repr. in H.Isherwod Kay, ed., 'John Sell Cotman's letters from Normandy', Walpole Society XV, 1926-7, pl.xxxb, where dated 1820.
A note in Reeve's manuscript catalogue, p.47, no. 2, has "Painted for Dawson Turner"; this information is repeated in the Register, and may be an inscription on the back of the drawing. There is a photo of a watercolour of this subject in Agnew's archives inscribed 'Lady Mayer'.
For another, much rougher, sketch of the same scene, which lacks detail, but is closer to the composition of the print, see 1949,1012.5.
See 1902,0514.120 for other versions of this composition.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1975 Jul-Oct, Norwich, Castle Museum, 'Exhibition of Normandy drawings', no.L3
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- From a volume of 36 sketches mounted by Reeve, who commented, "Most of the above ... sketches were selected from some thousands of others mounted on half impl. sheets by the Artist himself - Purchased at the sale of the Cotman coll. Bazaar Rooms 1862", meaning the sale conducted by Murrell at the Bazaar Rooms, Norwich 26-27.xi.1862
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