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of our "Repentant Magdalen", I am afraid I should not attach much importance to the opinion of some of the more recent critics in the realm of Spanish painting.

Our picture was acquired for the Collection by Sir Charles Robinson in 1894, but there is no record here of its previous history. A comparable version of the same subject is in the Nevile Collection at xxxxxxxx Rogerthorpe, near Badsworth, but I have not seen it.

I accept without hesitation the attribution of the "Figures dancing in front of a temple" to Lemaire, who is of course a painter of relatively minor importance up to now; but I feel that even so I should scarcely be justified in submitting an offer of so small a price as £200 to the trustees and Sir Francis Cook. However, before making any counter-proposal, I should like to discuss the matter unofficially with one of the Trustees, whom I shall be seeing within the next few days, and will then write you again.

The minor and post-classical sculptures of the collection have never been catalogued. With regard to the "Crucifixion" relief, I can only say that I have myself made some study of works of this character, and have come to the conclusion that they were for the most part produced at Antwerp from about the middle of the 16th century down to the first decade of the 17th, and that this piece probably dates from about 1560-70. Further than that I would not venture to go. If you could make your offer £150, I should be prepared to submit this to Sir Francis and the Trustees with a recommendation.

I am very much obliged to you for departing from your usual procedure in order to meet our difficulty, and I hope that we may be able to arrive at the point of doing business together.

With very kind regards, yours sincerely,

Germain Seligman Esq.,

[[^S.  C. Kaines Smith]]
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