COTMAN, Thomas William

1847 - 1925

Thomas William Cotman was born at Bermondsey, London in 1847, third child of Henry Edmund Cotman (1802-1871), silk mercer of Norwich, whose elder brother was artist John Sell Cotman (1742-1842), and his wife Maria née Taylor (1813-1895), who married at Mattishall, Norfolk in 1842, the family moved to Ipswich when Thomas was young. A brother of Frederick George Cotman and of Henry Edmund Cotman. Thomas also studied at Ipswich School of Art and in 1869 set up as an architect in Cutler Street, Ipswich later moving to St Nicholas Street, Ipswich, and who designed many of the most famous buildings in Felixstowe including the Railway Station, Harvest House (Felix Hotel), the Orwell and Bath Hotels, Barclays, and Lloyds Banks and in Ipswich Lloyds Avenue portico and the former Crown & Anchor Hotel plus many others. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1885-1915 and exhibited from St Nicholas Street, Ipswich in 1882, a watercolour 'Boston Stump'. In 1883 he moved to 7 Northgate Street, Ipswich, where his elder brother, Henry Edmund Cotman, and nephew Paul Eade were his assistants. He retired in 1913, and went to live at Quilter Road, Felixstowe. Thomas William Cotman died at The Little Cottage, 3 Quilter Road, Felixstowe on 30 October 1925 and buried in Old Felixstowe parish church, he was unmarried.

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