Sunday, May 01, 2022

Who painted this? #63

This marks the return of "Who painted this?" after a VERY long break.

The original series of posts ran from October 2012 until May 2014. I last did a post in this very popular and very educational series (for both you and me) back in 2014 after lengthy breaks while I wrote my book. 

It struck me that a Sunday would be a good day for a post like this. Lots of time to hunt through online images and through books. So in future there will be a weekly post every Sunday. 

Below is the image and the RULES.

The twist this time is some of the images may come from my own photos of artworks I've seen in person.....

Who painted this? #63 

How to participate in "Who painted this? #63

This is about using brains not technology - so please do NOT "cheat". 

Don't forget - there are rules to how "Who painted this?" works - and these are detailed in THE RULES for participating in this challenge.

Briefly, in your comment ON THIS POST you must tell me ALL of the following:
  • the title of the artwork
  • the name of the artist who created this artwork
  • the date it was created
  • the media used
  • where it lives now
  • how you know all this eg how did you do your search
  • anything else you can find out about the artwork and/or artist
The Winner is the first identifiable person (i.e. no anonymous guesses) who, in my judgement, is the first person to get to the answer by fair means AND provides the best quality answer in terms of added details about the artwork and artist

Remember also
  • no use of Google image search or Tineye to find the image allowed - this is a traditional web search of images using words only plus "hit the books" time
  • I don't publish the comments until next week's post.
i.e. comments are being opened up again - but ONLY for this weekly post and comments will only be published once a week - on Sunday.


You can find out more about the background and the RULES on this page
Who Painted This? was a regular weekly challenge on Making A Mark, usually posted on Friday. This page contains:
  • the rules for how to participate in "Who painted this?"
  • how to enter (via a comment on the blog post)
  • what happens to comments
  • a list of the Who painted this? in order so that you or you friends can participate in the challenge even after the result has been published


  1. The watercolour painting 'Mont St Michel' was painted by John Sell Cotman in 1828. John Sell Cotman is father of John Josef Cotman - both noteworthy artists. The painting, Mont St Michel is one of many version of Mont St Michel in France. This version is housed in the collection of Manchester Art Gallery. Cotman was born in 1782 here in Norwich and died in 1842. He was a member of the Norwich school of Painters. He turned down the opportunity to continue in the family business (silk merchants and lace dealers) and headed to London to develop as an artist. Here he made friends with artists such as Turner, and Girtin and joined their sketching club, travelling and painting with them in Surrey and Wales.
    Cotman maintained close links with Norfolk and although his works were not highly rated during his lifetime and earned him little money, since his death, wealthy benefactors such as the Colman's of Mustard fame bought many of his archaelogical drawings and etchings, and sketches and paintings of rural scenes and marine landscapes. Colman donated his vast collection to the Norwich Castle Museum where a permanent exhibition space is dedicated to his works and are well worth a visit to see. Like Turner, John Sell Cotman is now considered in the highest esteem for his sensitive draughtsmanship and as a natural colourist. NB. Cotman painted in oils up and until 1822 when he returned to painting in watercolours inspired by JWM Turner. Cotman loved his native Norfolk and was keen to paint the archeology, landscapes, seascapes and people of northern France to show how what Norfolk had in common with the French region.

  2. Knew the location straight away so fairly easy to find out who painted it. He painted several versions of it so not sure about the date
    Mont St Michel, John Sell Cotman, 1828? Watercolour, British Museum.

  3. Mont St. Michel
    John Sell Cotman
    Watercolour c 1825
    Norwich Castle Museum and or a print in British Museum
    He was one of the Norwich School of Painters
    Found in Adele M Holcomb


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