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October 15th., 1955.

My dear Walter:

Just a line to give you particulars about the picture I mentioned over the telephone:

It is the portrait of Fran├žois Scepeaux, Marechal de Vieilleville one of the most prominent soldiers of his time, Governor of Metz, and representative of France at the Peace Treaty at Cateau Cambresis.

There are at the Museum of Versailles and at the Cabinet  des Estempes,other portraits of the same sitter. A drawing representing him is also in the Salting collection, in the South Kensington Museum in London. 

We have letters both by Mr. Louis Rean, who is connected with the Lourve, and by Mr. Seymour de Rieei, comparing our picture to the Clouets of the Lourve and of the Vienna Museum, and likewise comparing it to the other portraits of the Marechal de Vieilleville.

The picture, with frame, is 32-1/2 inches high by 26-1/4 wide. I don't have to tell you that it is an unusually large size for pictures of that epoch, and I don't doubt that you like it because of the pleasing features of the sitter, his rich costumes, his jewelled hat, and the great quality of painting.

Hoping to see you soon, I am
      Yours sincerely,  

Walter Blumenthal, Esq.,
480 Park Avenue
New York, New York.

Transcription Notes:
Not clear if date is 1955 or 1933

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