The Cotman Collection | 58

Cotmania. Vol. X. 1934-5

Archive: SDK Sydney Decimus Kitson Archive
Reference Number: SDK/1/2/1/10
Page: 29 verso

  • Description

    Letter (cont.) from H. F. Wilson

    H.F. Wilson wrote to Kitson to see if Kitson could certify whether a particular painting can be attributed to J.S. Cotman, the subject being "Norwich from the Gravel Pits"

    Date: 1934 - 1935

  • Transcription

    {letter cont.}

    who thinks it very charming, but rather difficult to place, his view being that it is certainly by Cotman, but with signs of [Crome's] influence. He said, at once, to Mr Corbett that you were the person who should see it and give a decision. I wonder if it would be possible for you to do so. The address where the picture is now is The Old Bell, Normandy Street, Alton.
    When I first wrote to you I sent a photograph of the picture, but I have not got a further copy by me. It is not a large picture about 2 ft by 3 ft 6 in and the subject is "Norwich from the Gravel Pits". In its general arrangement, it is not unlike the picture by Crome reproduced in Mr Kaines Smith book on Crome opposite p 142, except that the foreground is much more interesting i.e. not so "amorphous"
    If you would like a photograph I would ask Mr Corbett to send you one.
    I need not add that if you came to Alton my wife and I would be delighted to give you lunch or tea at Froyle.

    Yours sincerely

    H. F. Wilson

Letter (cont.) from H. F. Wilson