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Monday 16 November 2020

John Sell Cotman’s soft ground etching, “Ragland Castle, Monmouthshire”, c1838


John Sell Cotman (1782–1842)

“Ragland Castle, Monmouthshire”, 1813–1838, plate 24 from the series of forty-nine plates, “Liber Studiorum”, published in 1838 by Henry George Bohn (1795/6–1884) in London in "Liber Studiorum: A Series of Sketches and Studies by John Sell Cotman, Esp."

Soft-ground etching with dot roulette (i.e. “a method of printmaking in which a drawing is made on a sheet of paper on a soft etching ground, pulled off, and the resulting design transferred to the plate by etching” BM) on cream wove paper with wide margins as published.

Size: (sheet) 46.8 x 31.9 cm; (plate) 18.8 x 12.5 cm.

Inscribed on plate below the image: (left) "Ragland Castle, Monmouthshire"; (right) "J.S.Cotman.”

Numbered on plate: (upper right corner) "24."

Popham 1922 317 (Arthur Ewart Popham 1922, "The Etchings of John Sell Cotman." Print Collector's Quarterly, vol. 9, p. 270, cat. no. 317).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:

“Plate 24. View of two towers of Raglan Castle, overgrown with vegetation, and arched bridge over steep drop in foreground at left” (

See also the descriptions offered by The Tate, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cleveland Museum of Art:;;

Condition: faultless impression in pristine condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, losses, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of handling) with full margins as published.

I am selling this extraordinarily well preserved and rare soft-ground etching by one of the acknowledged masters of the English landscape, for a total cost of AU$320 (currently US$233.57/EUR196.85/GBP176.76 at the time of this listing) including Express Mail (EMS) postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.

If you are interested in purchasing this exemplary soft-ground etching, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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