[Lady Cynthia Asquith at a Blake Sale]

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Marcia Allentuck[e] (CUNY) came across the following amusing passage in the diaries of Lady Cynthia Asquith, concerning the Blake sale at Christie’s in March 1918:

“We[e] went to Christie’s to see a wonderful collection of Blakes which are just coming up for sale. They[e] were just lying about to be handled! It was very difficult to get at them and I found Lady Ottoline Morrell and her long-haired party very distracting—Blake draws a queer crowd. . . . I longed to see the drawings in peace.” (Diaries, 1915-1918. London: Hutchingson, 1968, p. 422)

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