COTMAN, Thomas William

1847 - 1925

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 [q.v.] he studied at Ipswich School of Art and in 1869 set up as an architect in Cutler Street later moving to St Nicholas Street, Ipswich 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 plus many others. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1885-1915 and in 1882 exhibited from St Nicholas Street a watercolour 'Boston Stump' but moved to Northgate Street but the following year his address was 7 Northgate Street, Ipswich, where his elder brother, Henry Edmund Cotman (1844-1914), and nephew Paul Eade were his assistants. He retired in 1913 and went to live at 49 Quilter Road, Felixstowe where he died in 1925 and buried in Old Felixstowe parish church, he was unmarried.