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Arthur Dixon letters

Archive: SDK Sydney Decimus Kitson Archive
Reference Number: SDK/1/3/1/1
Page: 15 recto

  • Description

    Letter of Arthur Dixon to John Joseph Cotman, 21 May 1834

    Dixon has sailed from Thorpe to Norwich with Miles Edmund Cotman and Freeman [probably the artist and picture-dealer mentioned in Kitson, The Life of JSC, pp. 105, 110, 143; William Philip Barnes Freeman]. He has put together a basket of flowers for London. He recounts a recent evening's entertainment when he received visitors who were joined by [Thomas] Lounde. Afterwards, he and Edmund walked back to Thorpe. The Cotmans' dog [Carlo] has died. Lounde has made twenty-two new drawings. Among other incidents, Charles Geldart picked some flowers that Dixon was growing.

    Date: 1834

  • Transcription

    [Note added in pencil by Kitson:
    Norwich 1834 May 21.
    My dear John
    I have just returned from Thorpe with Edmund & Freeman in his boat, sailing all the way up to Carrow without a sail. The Wind blowing quite a gale with a bright sunny & almost cloudless sky so clear & cool, our broad bodies, with the help of the paddles stuck upright, bearing us along. – It was the first morning the Geraniums had blossomed so I directly determined to make up a basket of them for London with the last of the Arums. Edmund has a small bouquet yesterday which he said he would contribute, some rose noisettes & verbena with a little bit of White to give it colour, & I have just begged of Fairbairn to get me some from the Nursery. – In the midst of this interesting bustle amongst the flowers I sit to tell you all about it, & cannot help recurring with a great deal of pleasure to the evening which I was anticipating when I last wrote to you. They came on Tuesday, & by accident Lounde called & so joined the little party. Your sister sung very nicely, looked

Letter of Arthur Dixon to John Joseph Cotman, 21 May 1834