Volume IX is composed primarily of article clippings, correspondence, records of sales at Christie’s and Sotheby’s auction houses, and short journal entries detailing visits to see works by or attributed to Cotman. These syncopated journal entries, which sometimes utilise a personal shorthand, record visits to Norwich, Gordale Scar, and Malham Tarn. The articles which are regularly inserted into the volume are mostly from The Times and The Sunday Times. Primarily concerned with the contemporary exhibition of watercolour paintings, a few of these articles strikingly maintain the significance of early English Watercolour works over those produced by the Pre-Raphaelites and the Modernists.
Much of the correspondence which Kitson includes in the volume is with museum curators and keepers (V&A; British Museum; Bowes Museum) and alludes to a couple of Cotman works which are now part of the collection in Leeds ('Barnard Castle from Towler Hill' and 'Coalbrookdale'). The references to Barnard Castle are accompanied by a sketch plan of the area, and appear in correspondences which record attempts to find the spot Cotman painted from. Other Cotman works that are mentioned in the volume appear under the titles of the ‘sculptor’, ‘Landscape with figures by a pool’, ‘A Woody landscape’, and ‘Thabley Castle’.
Further points of interest in the volume are a transcription of a short biography of Cotman and references to Kitson’s involvement in the Walpole Society.