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March 28, 1929

Mr. Clyfford Trevor,
15 East 55th St.,
New York City.

My dear Clyfford:

I am writing to asking you to give me the name of the man you consider the best portrait painter in the country today. He does not necessarily have to be an American.

The reason I am asking for this is that for quite a long while both my wife and my mother have been after me to have my portrait painted in hunting clothes and they have decided to give me the picture for my birthday.  Both my mother and Mrs. Fleischmann, as well as myself, feel that there is nothing worse than a mediocre portrait.  We do not want it done at all unless it is done exceptionally well.  Therefore, if you have anyone to recommend in this connection, I would be very glad to have his name and address.  I would also like to know whether in a case like this, an artist would come and stay at the house while he painted the portrait or how the matter could be handled.

I know nothing about a painter named Frank Salisbury.  Perhaps I should, but I don't, although I have seen reproductions of his work in various magazines, such as TOWN AND COUNTRY.

Are you thinking of coming out this way?  If you are, be sure to let us know.

With kindest regards and best wishes, I am

Sincerely yours,

[[signed]] Julius Fleischmann [[/signed]]

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