The Cotman Collection | 65

Cotmania. Vol. VII. 1931-2

Archive: SDK Sydney Decimus Kitson Archive
Reference Number: SDK/1/2/1/7
Page: 20 recto

  • Description

    Letter to Kitson from Paul Oppé

    Oppé informs Kitson of Meatyard's purchase of Cotman's Barnard Castle at Sotheby's, and urges him to buy it.

    Date: 1932

  • Transcription

    Dear Sydney,
    A superb Cotman – Barnard Castle – wide open landscape, full colour, blues & greens not quite finished was anon. in a lot at Sotheby’s today. I went up to £50 with you or Norman in view – Norman being without my knowledge standing behind me all the time! It was bought by Meatyard acting thro’ the clerk so that I didn’t know that he was bidding & he said that he didn’t know that I was. Go & see the drawing & buy it.
    Yrs ever
    Paul Oppé
    Not signed. Inscribed Barnard Castle at back & I should say done shortly after the visit, like H. Bacon’s large Greta.

Letter to Kitson from Paul Oppé