Friday Nov: 11, 1932 P. M. Turner came to lunch. He brought an upright oil, smothered in varnish, landscape, trees on left, distance right. Most probably right, but very nasty and middle class. He thought the ‘Havell’ I bought from V.R was a J.J. He thinks the ‘Castle Acre’ (Thomson) is by Thirtle. In conversation it came out that he had bought the sepia ‘Mortain’ at the Squire’s Gallery. I swapped it with him for the 2 large Crome water-colours of Tintern Abbey! He took the ‘Dead Christ’ with him in his car to be vetted by Roger Fry. I talked to him about getting photos from the Crown Point Collection, and he said he would do his best for me. He was sure the Blickling Church was by M.E.C.
“It is not by what a man has actually put upon his canvas, nor yet by the acts which he has set down, so to speak, upon the canvas of his life that I will judge him, but by what he makes me feel that he felt and aimed at. If he has made me feel that he felt those things to be loveable which I hold loveable myself I ask no more.”
“The Way of all Flesh”, by Samuel Butler.