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October 18, 1955

Dear Mr. Baderou:

Many thanks for your informative and detailed letter of October 12th.  It would have been interesting to examine the Cologne Philippe de Champaigne, but I am afraid that under the circumstances it would have been rather a complicated matter, though from your research it would seem there exists a possibility that it is one of those that disappeared.

In this connection, I want to remind you that in the Cardinal Fesch sales catalogue--in which my large "Vision of St. Joseph" is fully described--as you recall, there was also indicated a smaller version of the same subject which, if I remember the wording, could have led one to believe that it was a sort of preliminary sketch or study for the final large one.  Would it not be logical to assume that when such large compositions like the one in Rouen--the closest one to the Cologne painting--were ordered, the artist was first requested to submit a "bozzetto,"  as the case has been so often with other artists in similar circumstances?

Now, as regards the drawing by Pajou, I am indeed obliged to you for the detailed information you give me.  I would like you to send me an invoice, on which you just indicate your personal conclusion.  I cannot read the name of the first collection you mention and part of which it could have been--is it BINIS?--and I shall settle the invoice right away either by check in dollars or through a check from Maître Legrain; but I shall ask you to keep the drawing in your possession, as I had no time to go to Graff--and this until my next visit to Paris.  However, in view of this, it will be important for you to make [[underlined]] the necessary arrangements[[/underlined]] with Lefebvre-Foinet so that it will be possible to export it then, even though payment will have been made so much earlier.  You realize it may be over six months until I get back to Paris, and I do not wish to be told then that a special declaration or whatever it may be should have been made at the time to allow me to export it without a second payment.

May I refer you once more to the Cambiaso drawing "La Force, la Justice et la Tempérance."  In Benezit the following information can be found:  that a pen and sepia drawing of the same subject (?) was included in the sale of Vicomte Pontremolli, 2eme vente, June 1924.  I am wondering whether with the remarkable files and records you have, you could look into this matter, as you realize how interesting it would be to trace it back to some previous collectors.

As per your request, I am sending you by first class mail two photographs of the La Hyre drawing, which I trust you will find satisfactory.  Looking forward to hearing further from you, and with best regards

Sincerely yours,

Germain Seligman


Mr. Henri Baderou
25, rue du Faubourg St. Honoré
Paris 8, France
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