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Cotmania. Vol. VII. 1931-2

Archive: SDK Sydney Decimus Kitson Archive
Reference Number: SDK/1/2/1/7
Page: 24 verso

  • Description

    Kitson's diary entry for 15 August 1932

    Visit to Mrs Paul Waterhouse to see Cotman's The Sphinx and two drawings attributed to Elizabeth Palgrave

    Date: 1932

  • Transcription

    Aug: 15, 1932. Went with Mabel Price to see Mrs Paul Waterhouse, Cheyney [i.e. Charney?] Bassett Manor. She is a daughter of Sir Reginald Palgrave, from whom she inherited a Cotman watercolour ‘The Sphinx’, 13¼ x 10, full colour, c 1806, a little faded in foliage on left. Very beautiful, direct & satisfying. R. J. Colman has a small study for this (8¼ x 6¼) in monochrome (photo)[.] Mrs P. W also has 2 very beautiful, careful w[ater]c[olour] drawings, quite small, of the 2 ends of the drawing room over the Turner Bank at Yarm[outh], done with great delicacy; very ‘Regency’; spindly sofa & chairs, looped crimson curtains, white panelled walls, crowded with pictures, some of which are recognisable – from ‘Outlines in lithography’. Mrs P. W told me they were the work of Elizabeth Palgrave; & therefore c: 1820. Mrs D[awson] T[urner] was caused much anxiety by her husband’s later conduct. The hearth rug in her bedroom had a worn spot where she knelt & prayed for him, & round this worn spot are patches discoloured by her tears.

Kitson's diary entry for 15 August 1932