This drawing probably dates from 1812 to 1823. During this time Cotman was living on the coast at Great Yarmouth where he studied shipping and mastered the form of waves. It has been said that some of his finest marine pieces date from this time.
Condition: There are two almost invisible repairs to both corners at the bottom of the sheet. The drawing has been expertly conserved onto a sheet of thick white paper which has been cut to expose the back of the drawing. The watercolour is in good condition and has had no recent work done, the frame and the mount date from the 1970s or 80s.