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Street scene, Alençon; the Grande Rue, with, to the left, the porch of the church of Notre Dame; squared up. 1820-28
Pen and ink with graphite
Height: 124 millimetres (top corners arched)
Width: 182 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Cotman spent only one day in Alençon, during the third of his trips to Normandy, in 1820. Nonetheless, on this one day, 16 August, he made drawings of three separate subjects. This pen and ink sketch depicts the High Street, the continuation of the rue St Blaise, where he had spent the night in the hotel Grand Cerf. The late gothic porch of the church of Notre-Dame juts into the street half-way down on the left.
A watercolour of a similar composition is in the Birmingham Art Gallery, dated 1828, and was probably the work exhibited at the Norwich Society of Artists in that year. Further watercolour versions were in the Newall collection (sold Christies 13 December 1979, lot 15) and the A.H.Wild collection (sold Christies 16 June 1922). In the 1982 Cotman exhibition catalogue, Rajnai suggests 1902-5-14-223 is a copy after Cotman by William Crotch. In this case it would be made after the drawing not the painting, as there are consderable differences, both among the foreground figures and in some of the architecture.
For a full discussion of Cotmans Alençon pictures, see M. Rajnai, John Sell Cotman; drawings of Normandy in Norwich Castle Museum, 1975, pp.45-6.
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