May 12, 1933. Called at Squire's Gallery to see an early pencil & i. i. wash drawing by Cotman (c 8 x 12) of an old oak tree, v[er]y like my upright, but softer & better in quality: he was asking 12½ g[uinea]s for it: too much.
Called at Christie's - a very horrid sepia upright, 'Ch[urch] in N[orman]dy', in foul condition, a copy. [...]
Called on Martin Hardie at V & A Museum. Saw his 'Domfront'. [...]
A tinted drawing of A Boat-builder's Yard, almost identical with our no. 758, regarded as a very early work by Girtin, has been given for purposes of comparison by Mr L. G. Duke. Both drawings were probably made at one of Dr Monro's evening gatherings. Mr R. H. Kitson, of Pembroke College, has given two pencil drawings by J. S. Cotman.
From the Annual Report of the Fitzwilliam Museum, 1933.