Cott, Hugh B. (Hugh Bamford) (1900-1987)
Inscribed on verso: H.B. Cott Selwyn College, Cambridge
Hugh B. Cott was a zoologist by profession and a fellow of Selwyn College Cambridge. He worked as a camouflage expert in the two World Wars. Cott developed his own techniques in drawing with diverse effects such as obliterative shading, disruption, differential blending, high contrast, shadow elimination etc. The pen and ink drawing of the Latin Cathedral of St Nicholas , misleadingly titled ‘St Sophia, Famagusta’, exhibits Cott’s techniques. Dark shadows in the foreground contrast with a bright background in a differential blending. Figures sit at a coffee shop in front of the cathedral and are seen through one of the arches of Palazzo Providadore (the Venetian Palace) opposite the Cathedral. The cumbez tree appears as a dark mass on the left and in front of the Cathedral. The single minaret of Lala Mustafa Mosque (once the Latin Cathedral of St Nicholas) rises behind the tree.
42 x 33 cm
Signed: C. H
Latin Cathedral of St Nicholas in Famagusta
Architecture, Architecture, Gothic, Islamic Architecture, Mosques, Religious Institutions--Buildings, Group Portraits, Coffee Shops
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