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Cotmania. Vol. X. 1934-5

Archive: SDK Sydney Decimus Kitson Archive
Reference Number: SDK/1/2/1/10
Page: 14 recto

  • Description

    Three press cuttings

    Bertram Nicholl's exhibition - article mentions that Cotman aquatints influenced Nicholl's work/ Sydney Kitson letter to The Oxford Magazine criticising Martin Hardie's comments on T.G. Jackson's restoration of St. Mary's spire/ Image of banquet of the Vintners' Company including Mr J.S. Cotman who was the Swan Warden, with other guests including The Duke of York and The Prince of Wales.

    Date: 1934-1935

  • Transcription

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    At the Fine Art Society, also, is the Exhibition of Paintings and Watercolours by Bertram Nicholls, President of the R.B.A. Art is something to be judged by its intensive quality rather than by comprehensiveness. Bertram Nicholls has chosen the limited boundaries of his style with obvious deliberation, but within those boundaries produces a very personal glamour while seeking for subtlety and variety. Cotman and the old aquatint workers have helped to shape his outlook. It might also appear as though his technique in oils had developed from his watercolour, the delicacy of which it does not always contrive to rival. This may be seen in the two versions of the excellent composition "The Beach at Hastings" (44 and 24). In a fine study of greys "The Old Light Ship, Southwick" (10) one may see his associations with the aqua tinters; "River Scene" (16) is a good example of his use of recessions of tint; "Winston Park" (37) conveys with simple means the sense of a serene breadth, while "College Hall, Steyning" (38), proves that such restrictions are deliberately intentional, and that Nicholls can let himself go with striking effect.
    {Kitson note}
    Observer - 12. May '35
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    Letter to the Editor

    SIR - In the article on 'New Light on Oxford Architecture,' your correspondent, 'M.H.,' sheds the glare of false attribution on the Oxford Town Hall. He says that his 'old friend, T.G. Jackson, though his restoration of St. Mary's spire took the light admirably, was less well served by the pitiless glare which shone upon his original work at the Town Hall.'
    Could Sir T.G. Jackson rise from the grave and read 'M.H.'s' article, he might well say, in the words of a well-known actress who was accused of a liaison with an elderly statesman: 'I have enough sins on my conscience: why try to add another of which I am entirely innocent?'
    Yours faithfully,
    Sydney D. Kitson.
    Thornbury House, Kidlington, Oxon.
    May 19th, 1935.
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    A photograph taken at the banquet of the Vintners' Company at Vintners' Hall last night. Left to right: Mr J.A. Lyons, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Duke of Kent, Mr. J.S. Cotman (Swan Warden), the Duke of York, Mr R. Husey Cunningham (Upper Warden), the Prince of Wales, and the Earl of Athlone (Master).
    {Kitson note}
    The Times - May 16 - 1935.

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