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Duncombe Park; grassy river bank in centre and to left with water to right, stone wall above bank with fence in centre, beyond which are trees
- Production date
- 1805 (c.)
Height: 206 millimetres
Width: 131 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Mounted with print of the same subject (1902,0514.257).
For Hill, this drawing epitomises Cotman's choice of subject matter during the artist's tours of Yorkshire 1803-5, which was directed towards apparently inconsequential details of the landscape such as trees, an old wall and fence, a tree stump and a crumbling river bank. Hill also argues that this is the same location as that represented in 'Drop Gate, Duncombe Park' (1902,0514.14) (David Hill, ‘Cotman in the North’, 2005, pp.95-6, pl.96).
The following is taken from L. Stainton, ‘British Landscape Watercolours, 1600-1860’, 1985, no. 120:
The contemporary indifference to Cotman's Yorkshire watercolours, characterised as they are by delicate observation of isolated natural motifs, was extended to his first volume of prints, 'Miscellaneous Etchings', published in 1811. Although Francis Cholmeley's sisters praised "the trees at Duncombe Park ... as most like Rembrandts", he himself reported to Cotman a bookseller's comment: "He said his subscribers did not like the view in Duncombe Park, because it might be anywhere. Two-thirds of mankind, you know, mind more about what is represented than how it is done" - a criticism which helps to explain the lack of interest in his non-topographical watercolours.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1985 BM, British Landscape Watercolours 1600-1860, no.120a
2005 Aug-Oct, Leeds, Harewood House, 'Sense and Sensibility: Cotman Watercolours in Durham and Yorkshire'
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