COTMAN, Henry Edmund

1844 - 1914

Henry Edmund Cotman was born at Islington, London in 1844, son of his namesake Henry Edmund Cotman (1802-1871), silk mercer of Norwich, whose elder brother was artist John Sell Cotman (1742-1842), his wife was Maria née Taylor (1813-1895), Henry and Maria married at Mattishall, Norfolk in 1842. Henry was a brother of Frederick George Cotman and of Thomas William Cotman. When Henry was young, the family moved to Ipswich and in 1851, 7-year-old Henry was staying with his widowed aunt, 62-year-old Ann Roe, at London Road, Ipswich, also living with them was Ann's brother, 64-year-old Edmund Cotman, an annuitant, who was born at Norwich. Young Henry also studied at Ipswich School of Art and in February 1900, won first prize for his painting from still life, the runner up being Sylvia Packard. In 1883 Henry moved to 7 Northgate Street, Ipswich, an assistant to his brother, architect Thomas William Cotman and the brothers were still living there in 1911, when Henry was a 'retired engineer'. Henry Edmund Cotman died at Harland House, Undercliff Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk on 9 December 1914, aged 70, he was unmarried and left his effects to his brothers Thomas William and Frederick George.