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England.

[[preprinted]]
THE COOK COLLECTION
DOUGHTY HOUSE, RICHMOND, SURREY

KEEPER: S. C. KAINES SMITH, M.B.E., M.S., F.S.A.

[[underlined]] PLEASE REPLY TO S. C. KAINES SMITH, AT 14 HENLEY STREET, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON [[/underlined]]
Telephone: 2648
[[/preprinted]] 

Dec.29th, 1943

Messrs. Jacques Seligmann & Co., Inc.,
5, East 57th Street, New York.

Georges E. Seligmann Esq.,

Dear Sir,

In reply to your letter of Nov. 6th, 1943, I have been instructed by the Trustees, in the absence of Colonel Jackling, to inform you that your information as to the sale of pictures from the Cook Collection is incorrect.

Of the pictures appearing in the large three-volume Catalogue, only [[underlined]] one [[/underlined]] Italian picture, No. 536, Giorgione and Titian, called the portrait of Catherine Cornaro, is no longer in the collection, having been recently presented by Sir Francis Cook, Bart., to the National Gallery, London.

Six Flemish, one French, one Portuguese, and between 30 and 40 Dutch pictures have been dispersed by testamentary disposition, presentation, or sale.  Otherwise the collection is intact.

Any enquiries with regard to Italian pictures (with the one exception named), may therefore be made by reference to the Catalogue as it stands.

I may add that as it is not the desire or intention of the Trustees to disperse the collection, the inducement to part with any picture would need to be substantial.

Yours very truly,

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Transcription Notes:
Pretty sure the signature is S. C Kaines Smith,

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