Tell the Trustees I think it is a very good Sickert but the question is whether he is important enough for the Tate. I think not; but as an old friend of the artist perhaps I am a prejudiced judge.
Quoted in Frances Spalding, The Tate: A History (1998), pp. 62–70. Tate Gallery Publishing, London. ISBN 1854372319.
Over my dead body.James Bolivar Manson
The roses are dying, and so am I.James Bolivar Manson
A flushed face, white hair and a twinkle in his eye; and this twinkling got him out of scrapes that would have sunk a worthier man without trace.James Bolivar Manson
Hopelessly insular.James Bolivar Manson