July 12, 1933. Went to see the Cotmans' oil portrait of Mrs J. S. C. which they had brought to the N. P. G. Hake is much interested in it: says it is in the English tradition of Hilton, etc. I took H. I. Kay to see it also. Called at Palser Gallery. Thomson has a pencil drawing of St Mary Wiggenhall, 'JSC 1829'. 8¾ x 12: also a very elegant drawing of trees & figures, 8 x 12, heightened with yellow, which I bought.
July 14, 1933. Went with R. H. K. to Mr Nettlefold's house, 1 Cambridge Gate, Regents Park. He has the w.c. of Cader Idris. Another w.c. c 18 x 12 of an old house on the quay side at Rouen, very definite (cf. the street scene at Alençon) good c. 1824. Also 2 superb oils very high up in billiard room & difficult to see. These 2 came recently, thro' a dealer, from the descendant of George Bridgman, for whom Cotman painted them (see Dickes p 311.) dated 1824.
(1) A View from Yar[mouth] Bridge, looking towards Breydon Just after Sunset. (14£ including 3.14.0 for materials) 17 x 25.
(2) Dutch Boats off Yar[mouth]. 17 x 25.
There are some good Turners, but the whole exh[ibitio]n is rather an example of an English School Coll[ectio]n, without individual preferences — shown in plutocratic & vulgar surroundings.