CANADIAN PRAIRIE WATERCOLOUR LANDSCAPES

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JOHN SELL COTMAN, On the Greta, c. 1806. Tate Gallery

MAGNIFICENT. About as good as watercolours get. A close-up view of a stream, the painting is neither obviously picturesque nor sublime. Somehow Cotman manages to create a coherent pattern of lights and shades out of a seeming jumble of material.


TERRY FENTON