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Chateau d'Arques, Dieppe; mound with ruins of castle, crumbling round towers with entrance between them. 1818
Graphite and brown wash
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Height: 218 millimetres
Width: 264 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Cotman visited Arques immediately after his arrival at Dieppe on the first of his tours of Normandy in June 1817. This drawing of the main gateway to the castle is one of four separate architectural features sketched by Cotman, in addition to his drawing of the entire edifice and is presumably the source for the etching published as plate 1 of the 'Architectural Antiquities of Normandy'. There is a copy by Cotman's pupil Mary Ann Turner in an album of her drawings still owned by her descendents. A sepia drawing of a corner tower is in the collection of the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford; a drawing of part of the keep is in the Horne Collection, Florence, and a copy by Cotman's pupil Elizabeth Turner of a drawing of the inner gateway is in the album already referred to.
For a full discussion of the subject, see M. Rajnai, 'John Sell Cotman; drawings of Normandy in Norwich Castle Museum', 1975, pp.49-51.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1888 Jul, Norwich Art Circle, 9th Exhibition, 'Drawings by John Sell Cotman', no.80
2005 Mar-Jul, Norwich, Castle Museum & Art Gallery, 'John Sell Cotman: The Reeve Collection'
2012/13, Oct-Jan, Dulwich Picture Gallery, 'Cotman in Normandy'
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