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April 16th., 1940.

Dear Mr. Winthrop:

Madmoiselle Hélène Barkand, “Chargée de Mission au Département des Peintures au Musée du Louvre”, called on me a few days ago, and in the course of conversation told me that her purpose in coming to this country was to gather material for a study of important French paintings of the first part of the XIXth. Century, in America. This work may eventually be published.

In connection with her mission here, I want to be of help to her and am most anxious to give her a photograph of the beautiful “Portrait of a Man” by Ingres, which you purchased from my firm, but I wish, of course, to have your full accord and authorization before doing so.

Would you be so good as to drop me a little note, telling me whether this idea meets with your approval? If so, I will have a print made from the negative in our files.

Thanking you in advance,

Yours very sincerely,

(Germain Séligmann)

Grenville L. Winthrop, Esq.,
15 East 81st. St.,
New York, New York.
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