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CT ES     March 30, 1929


Dear Junior,

I am hastening to reply to your letter of the 28th instant, and I have no hesitation in recommending to you Harrington Mann who is undoubtedly one of the greatest portrait painters living today.

You have no doubt heard of him. He is a Scotchman of the Glasgow School and has had a universal reputation for over 35 years.  He is as equally well known in London and on the Continent as he is in New York and throughout the United States.  Last season, he had several paintings in the Royal Academy and has been showing there for a great number of years.  He has been coming to this country on and off for at least 25 years and has a studio at 33 West 67th Street.  He not only paints adults, but he is likewise an exceptionally fine painter of children.  For many years, he has been the family painter of the DuPont family in Wilmington and he has painted during the last 15 years, 20 or 30 portraits for various members of this family.  He has likewise painted a number of very important bank presidents and influential men throughout the United States and Europe, and he is probably going to Washington shortly to paint Mr. Mellon.

By the bye, there is a portrait by him in your city of the late Mr. Fowles of Scott & Fowles.  As you know, Mr. Fowles was a very great friend of Mr. Charles P. Taft and after his death he had Harrington Mann paint his picture to put in his gallery.  Of course, this is scarcely a fair example to judge by, as it was painted from a photograph, but as far as I can remember, it is the only example of Harrington Mann's work in Cincinnati.

Among the prominent Americans, he has painted are:  J. Horace Harding, Jacob Schiff, Mortimer Schiff, Walter Frew, president of the Corn Exchange Bank, and Mr. Nash, the former president of this bank; among the well known Canadians are Sir Robert Borden, Sir Sam Hughes, Sir James Dunn, and Sir Edward Edgar, and among my fellow countrymen that he painted are Lord Birkenhead, Lord Shaftesbury and the Duke of Montrose, besides many others too numerous to mention.

I have seen a number of these portraits myself, including that of Lord Birkenhead and I have no hesitation in thoroughly recommending Harrington Mann, as I have known of his work for over 20 years and he has painted many of my friends, always with entire satisfaction to the sitters.

He contemplates going back to England very shortly, but he says 
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