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Miles Edmund Cotman (1810-1858)

Miles Edmund Cotman (1810-1858)

The eldest child of John Sell Cotman, Miles Edmund Cotman became his father’s closest associate and collaborator. Indeed, he produced work so close in style and high in quality that his father sometimes signed it as his own. However, he developed into an artist of some individuality, being known for his seascapes as well as his architectural studies.

Miles Edmund Cotman was born in Wymer Street, Norwich on 5 February 1810, though he spent most of his early years in Great Yarmouth, and studied there under his father, John Sell Cotman. In 1823, when the Cotmans returned to Norwich and took a house at St Martin-at-Palace Plain, Miles began to exhibit with the Norwich Society of Artists (continuing to show there for a decade). In the following year, he became his father’s assistant when a School of Drawing was set up in their house.

A decade later, John Sell Cotman was appointed drawing master at King’s College School, London, and Miles Edmund became his assistant, a position that was officially recognised two years later.

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