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Norwich School Etchings  

The Norwich School, as well as being the first provincial English art movement, can be seen as the first group of painter-etchers in England. They anticipated the Etching Revival by several decades in creating original etched images as independent works of art.

In the 18th century only a few individual painters, usually also landscape painters, had very occasionally etched but the medium was most commonly used for drawing books while in earlier centuries printmaking was largely the province of Continental artists who had settled in London.

The Norwich Society of Artists was at the heart of what has become known as the Norwich School. Incidentally, the city’s Grammar School, at which several of the Society’s members received their initial education, was possibly unique, country-wide, in having a drawing class. John Crome was the drawing master there for many years.

The Norwich School of Artists. John Crome, Norwich 1768 – 1821 Norwich. Original etching.

John Crome: Sandy Road through woodland, etching, 1813

John Crome and his brother-in-law Robert Ladbrooke, with friends, set up the Norwich Society of Artists in 1803, meeting “to conduct an Enquiry into the Rise, Progress and Present State of Painting, Architecture and Sculpture with a view to point out the Best methods of Study to attain to Greater Perfection in these Arts”. Initially what was essentially a club of artists met in a tavern, but in 1805 they found premises with space for working and holding exhibitions. Annual exhibitions, except for a three year hiatus 1825-28, were held from 1805 until 1833, when the Society effectively ceased. Crome had died in 1821 and Cotman, who succeeded him as President moved to London in 1834. However the Norwich landscape painting tradition continued through three generations, often closely linked through parentage and teachers.

The Norwich School of Artists. William Howes Hunt, 1806 – 1879. Original etching.

William Howes Hunt: North Denes (Yarmouth)

One of the main influences on the Norwich School artists was Dutch 17th century landscape painting, examples of which they studied in local private collections, especially the works of Ruysdael and Hobbema. But in their etchings several also show an awareness of Rembrandt.

Rembrandt’s etched landscapes have a freshness and a directness of observation that is modern and separates them from other earlier and contemporary landscape etchers, so it is natural that he inspired future generations active in the genre.

Anne Cholmeley, the sister of Cotman’s Yorkshire patron Francis Cholmley liked Duncombe Park, in Cotman’s first set of etchings, published 1811, because it seemed “most like Rembrandt’s” and her brother wrote to Cotman of The Manor House York, in the same series, that it was “very good and Rembrandtish”. However Cotman wrote in reply that “it would not do to follow that master in my [architectural] subjects”.

John Sell Cotman: Duncombe Park shimJohn Sell Cotman: Manor House, York

One of the etchings, plate 44, in Cotman’s Liber Studiorum is directly adapted from Rembrandt. Henry Ninham’s and Thomas Lound’s use of drypoint recalls Rembrandt.
Lucy Brightwell made several very accurate direct copies of Rembrandt landscapes, even reversing them onto the plates so that they print, as etchings, in the right direction.

Cecilia Lucy Brightwell, after Rembrandt: View of Amsterdam from the North West

Francis Cholmely had also written that generally subscribers to Cotman’s 1811 set “did not like the etching of Duncombe Park, because it might be anywhere. Two thirds of mankind you know, mind more what is represented than how it is done”. And indeed another determining characteristic of the Norwich School etchers is their delight in motifs observed in the local landscape, quiet nooks and corners, not necessarily topographically specific.

‘Old’ Crome is reported just before his death as telling his son (John Berney Crome) : “John, my boy, paint! And if your subject is only a pigsty, dignify it!”

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The Exhibition

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The Norwich School of Artists. John Crome, Norwich 1768 – 1821 Norwich. Original etching.   JOHN CROME
Back of the Mills

Etching, 1810-12
The Norwich School of Artists. John Crome, Norwich 1768 – 1821 Norwich. Original etching. JOHN CROME
Wagon Wheels at the Foot of a Tree

Etching, 1811-12
The Norwich School of Artists. John Crome, Norwich 1768 – 1821 Norwich. Original etching.   JOHN CROME
Bixley

Etching, 1811-12
The Norwich School of Artists. John Crome, Norwich 1768 – 1821 Norwich. Original etching.   JOHN CROME
Hoveton St Peter

Etching, c1838
The Norwich School of Artists. John Crome, Norwich 1768 – 1821 Norwich. Original etching. JOHN CROME
At Hackford

Etching, 1812
The Norwich School of Artists. John Crome, Norwich 1768 – 1821 Norwich. Original etching. JOHN CROME
Hall Moor Road, near Hingham

Etching, 1812
The Norwich School of Artists. John Crome, Norwich 1768 – 1821 Norwich. Original etching.   JOHN CROME
Rustic Road with Thatched Barns

Etching, 1812-13
The Norwich School of Artists. John Crome, Norwich 1768 – 1821 Norwich. Original etching.   JOHN CROME
Road Scene, Trowse Hall

Etching, 1813
The Norwich School of Artists. John Crome, Norwich 1768 – 1821 Norwich. Original etching.   JOHN CROME
Back of the New Mills

Etching, 1812
The Norwich School of Artists. John Crome, Norwich 1768 – 1821 Norwich. Original etching. JOHN CROME
Road by a Blasted Oak>

Etching, 1813
The Norwich School of Artists. John Crome, Norwich 1768 – 1821 Norwich. Original etching.   JOHN CROME
Sandy Road through Woodland

Etching, 1813
The Norwich School of Artists. John Sell Cotman, Norwich 1782 – 1842 London. Original print. JOHN SELL COTMAN
Manor House York

Etching, c1811
The Norwich School of Artists. John Sell Cotman, Norwich 1782 – 1842 London. Original print. JOHN SELL COTMAN
South Gate Yarmouth

Etching, 1812
The Norwich School of Artists. John Sell Cotman, Norwich 1782 – 1842 London. Original print.   JOHN SELL COTMAN
On the Yare, Norfolk

Etching, 1810-17
The Norwich School of Artists. John Sell Cotman, Norwich 1782 – 1842 London. Original print. JOHN SELL COTMAN
Caernarvon Castle

Etching, 1817
The Norwich School of Artists. John Sell Cotman, Norwich 1782 – 1842 London. Original print. JOHN SELL COTMAN
Near Durham

Etching, c1813-17
The Norwich School of Artists. John Sell Cotman, Norwich 1782 – 1842 London. Original print. JOHN SELL COTMAN
Ashtead Church Yard, Surrey

Etching, 1810-17
The Norwich School of Artists. John Sell Cotman, Norwich 1782 – 1842 London. Original print. JOHN SELL COTMAN
Sketch after Rembrandt

Etching, 1810-17
The Norwich School of Artists. John Sell Cotman, Norwich 1782 – 1842 London. Original print. JOHN SELL COTMAN
French Beggars

Etching, 1810-17
The Norwich School of Artists. John Sell Cotman, Norwich 1782 – 1842 London. Original print. JOHN SELL COTMAN
Harlech Castle

Etching, 1810-17
The Norwich School of Artists. John Sell Cotman, Norwich 1782 – 1842 London. Original print.   JOHN SELL COTMAN
Brandsby Tower

Etching, 1820
The Norwich School of Artists. John Sell Cotman, Norwich 1782 – 1842 London. Original print.   JOHN SELL COTMAN
Castle at Dieppe

Etching, 1820
The Norwich School of Artists. John Sell Cotman, Norwich 1782 – 1842 London. Original print.   JOHN SELL COTMAN
Castle Gaillard

Etching, 1821
The Norwich School of Artists. John Sell Cotman, Norwich 1782 – 1842 London. Original print.   JOHN SELL COTMAN
The Student

Etching, 1820-40
The Norwich School of Artists. John Sell Cotman, Norwich 1782 – 1842 London. Original print.   JOHN SELL COTMAN
Fécamp

Etching, c1820
The Norwich School of Artists. John Sell Cotman, Norwich 1782 – 1842 London. Original print.   JOHN SELL COTMAN
(A Figure in Oriental dress) and
(A Moated Chateau)

Etchings, c1834
The Norwich School of Artists. Joseph Stannard, Norwich 1797 – 1830 Norwich. On the Beach at Mundesley. Original etching.   JOSEPH STANNARD
On the Beach at Mundesley

Etching, 1827
The Norwich School of Artists. Henry Ninham, Norwich 1793 – 1874 Norwich. Recollections of the Bure. Original etching.   HENRY NINHAM
Bridge and Mill, Composition

Issued, c1875
The Norwich School of Artists. Henry Ninham, Norwich 1793 – 1874 Norwich. Recollections of the Bure. Original etching.   HENRY NINHAM
Recollections of the Bure

Etching, c1830-40
The Norwich School of Artists. Henry Ninham, Norwich 1793 – 1874 Norwich. Recollections of the Bure. Original etching.   HENRY NINHAM
Chateau in Normandy

Etching, c1830-40
The Norwich School of Artists. Edward Thomas Daniell, London 1804 – 1842 Antalya, Turkey. Original etching. EDWARD THOMAS DANIELL
Flordon Bridge

Etching, c1825
The Norwich School of Artists. Edward Thomas Daniell, London 1804 – 1842 Antalya, Turkey. Original etching. EDWARD THOMAS DANIELL
Landscape with Mill

Etching, c1829
The Norwich School of Artists. Edward Thomas Daniell, London 1804 – 1842 Antalya, Turkey. Original etching.   EDWARD THOMAS DANIELL
Lime Kiln

Etching, c1829
The Norwich School of Artists. Edward Thomas Daniell, London 1804 – 1842 Antalya, Turkey. Original etching. EDWARD THOMAS DANIELL
Bridge at Toledo

Etching, c1831
The Norwich School of Artists. Edward Thomas Daniell, London 1804 – 1842 Antalya, Turkey. Original etching. EDWARD THOMAS DANIELL
Ronda, Andalusia

Etching, c1831-32
The Norwich School of Artists. Edward Thomas Daniell, London 1804 – 1842 Antalya, Turkey. Original etching. EDWARD THOMAS DANIELL
Ravine with rocky Scenery

Etching, c1831-32
The Norwich School of Artists. Edward Thomas Daniell, London 1804 – 1842 Antalya, Turkey. Original etching. EDWARD THOMAS DANIELL
Castle Acre - Norfolk

Etching, c1832-33
The Norwich School of Artists. Edward Thomas Daniell, London 1804 – 1842 Antalya, Turkey. Original etching. EDWARD THOMAS DANIELL
Whitlingham Lane by Trowse

Etching, c1832-33
The Norwich School of Artists. Thomas Lound, Beeston St Andrew, near Norwich 1802 – 1861 Norwich. Original etching.   THOMAS LOUND
The Wensum – King Street, Norwich>

Etching, c1832
The Norwich School of Artists. David Hodgson, Great Yarmouth 1798 – 1864 Norwich. Sandling Ferry. Original etching.   DAVID HODGSON
Sandling Ferry

Etching, c1838
The Norwich School of Artists. Miles Edmund Cotman, Norwich 1810 – 1858 Norwich. Etching, c.1830’s.   MILES EDMUND COTMAN
Whitlingham, looking towards Norwich

Etching, c1838
The Norwich School of Artists. Miles Edmund Cotman, Norwich 1810 – 1858 Norwich. Etching, c.1830’s.   MILES EDMUND COTMAN
Postwick Grove

Etching, c1830
The Norwich School of Artists. William Howes Hunt, 1806 – 1879. Original etching.   WILLIAM HOWES HUNT
Yarmouth Denes

Etching
The Norwich School of Artists. William Howes Hunt, 1806 – 1879. Original etching.   WILLIAM HOWES HUNT
North Denes (Yarmouth)

Etching
The Norwich School of Artists. Jane Worship, 1809 – 1898. South East Tower, Great Yarmouth. Original etching.   JANE WORSHIP
South East Tower, Great Yarmouth

Etching, 1837-42
The Norwich School of Artists. Cecilia Lucy Brightwell. Thorpe St Andrew, near Norwich 1811 – 1875 Norwich. View of Amsterdam from the North West. Original etching.   CECILIA LUCY BRIGHTWELL
View of Amsterdam from the North West

Etching, 1835, after Rembrandt.
The Norwich School of Artists. Cecilia Lucy Brightwell. Thorpe St Andrew, near Norwich 1811 – 1875 Norwich. Landscape with a Cottage and Haybarn. Original etching.   CECILIA LUCY BRIGHTWELL
Landscape with a Cottage and Haybarn

Etching, 1835, after Rembrandt.
The Norwich School of Artists. Cecilia Lucy Brightwell. Thorpe St Andrew, near Norwich 1811 – 1875 Norwich. The Windmill. Original etching.   CECILIA LUCY BRIGHTWELL
The Windmill

Etching, 1835, after Rembrandt.
The Norwich School of Artists. Cecilia Lucy Brightwell. Thorpe St Andrew, near Norwich 1811 – 1875 Norwich. Cottages beside a Canal. Original etching.   CECILIA LUCY BRIGHTWELL
Cottages beside a Canal

Etching, 1835, after Rembrandt.
The Norwich School of Artists. Cecilia Lucy Brightwell. Thorpe St Andrew, near Norwich 1811 – 1875 Norwich. Study of a bearded Man on crutches and a Woman. Original etching.   CECILIA LUCY BRIGHTWELL
Study of a Bearded Manl

Etching, after Rembrandt.
The Norwich School of Artists. Cecilia Lucy Brightwell. Thorpe St Andrew, near Norwich 1811 – 1875 Norwich. Study of a Man in a Turban. Original etching.   CECILIA LUCY BRIGHTWELL
Study of Man in Turban

Etching, after Rembrandt.
The Norwich School of Artists. Cecilia Lucy Brightwell. Thorpe St Andrew, near Norwich 1811 – 1875 Norwich. Canal scene with a Windmill and Cottages. Original etching.   CECILIA LUCY BRIGHTWELL
Canal scene with a Windmill

Etching, after Rembrandt.
The Norwich School of Artists. John Middleton, Norwich 1827 – 1856 Norwich. Gunton Park, Norfolk. Original etching, c.1850-52.   JOHN MIDDLETON
Gunton Park, Norfolk

Etching, 1850-52
The Norwich School of Artists. John Middleton, Norwich 1827 – 1856 Norwich. Gunton Park, Norfolk. Original etching.   JOHN MIDDLETON
Felled Timber at Barningham, Norfolk

Etching, 1850-52
The Norwich School of Artists. John Middleton, Norwich 1827 – 1856 Norwich. Gunton Park, Norfolk. Original etching.   JOHN MIDDLETON
Composition and
Road & Trees Composition

Etching, 1850-52

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