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Mare and foal on a hill; standing on brow of grassy hill in centre, trees and shrubs to right
Graphite on grey-green paper heightened with white. 1816
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Height: 304 millimetres
Width: 249 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Cotman exhibited at the Norwich Society in 1808 'Mare and foal, Sketch in bistre'. It is possible that this drawing, dated 1816, is derived from that work. Not only the subject matter is the same; the manner of rendering the foliage in this drawing, with groups of short bending fronds, is entirely typical of Cotman's work around 1808. This is one of very few dated Cotman drawings from the decade 1810-1820 (apart from architecture). The fact that it may be based on an earlier composition means it has to be used with caution in any attempt to trace the development of Cotman's graphic style during these years.
The two horses may be derived from a drawing by Cotman, now in the Yale Center for British Art, in which both animals are depicted on the same scale; in 'Mare and foal', the left-hand animal is simply made smaller, and the position of the right-hand one is reversed. This drawing is a copy of an etching by Paulus Potter (Hollstein 12). Another view of a horse viewed from the rear, in a position similar to the Potter print, is also at Yale. This has more of the look of a drawing from life, and may have been made to study the pose of the Potter from an actual model.
Reproduced in 'Cotman' by L. Binyon, Studio Special Number, Summer 1903, C33
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1888 July, Norwich Art Circle, 9th Exhibition, 'Drawings by John Sell Cotman', no.72
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