F. R. MEATYARD,
Member of the British Antique Dealers’ Association,
32, MUSEUM STREET,
LONDON, W.C. 1.
Telephone: MUSEUM 3937.
21st July, 1932.
Sydney D. Kitson, Esq,
Dear Mr. Kitson,
Many thanks for your telegram. I am holding the Cotman drawing, which is a real ‘stunner’, awaiting your call.
F. R. Meatyard
[End of letter]
On July 20, at Sotheby’s, Capt[ai]n W. A. Worsley sold 62 lots of old master drawings, including a Rembrant sketch (Colnaghi £115.) The last lot of his property was –
“109. A parcel containing watercolours & other drawings, chiefly by artists of the English School, etc. A parcel.”
When the lot had fallen to Lambert (Sotheby’s clerk, acting of Meatyard) Oppé, Duke, Crook, Milling, N.D.L etc. darted after Meatyard.
The parcel contained a superb distant view of Barnard Castle by J.S.C large – 13½ x 17½, done on the spot, absolutely unfaded.
I went to London on July 22 & bought it.