William Hamilton YATMAN (1819 - 1913)

Cones: A Still Life of Seashells Sold

Watercolour, over a pencil underdrawing, within a drawn border in black ink, on paper stamped Parsons at the lower right.
235 x 325 mm. (9 1/4 x 12 3/4 in.) [sheet]


As an amateur draughtsman, William Yatman had a preference for natural history subjects. Drawings such as the present sheet, executed with a refined and delicate watercolour technique, were done for the artist’s own pleasure and reflect his interest in the world around him.

Several comparable watercolour studies by Yatman are today in the Goldyne collection in California, while another study of seashells appeared at auction in London in 2000.

Albany Gallery, London, in 1983
Private collection, until 2010.

William Hamilton YATMAN

Cones: A Still Life of Seashells


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