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5 East 57th Street New York 22, N.Y. October 10, 1960 Dear Mr. Carlson: Following your good visit when you asked for my opinion as to the sitter of the Fragonard drawing at The Chicago Art Institute, I looked into the matter and gave Mr. Joachim the note of which I am sending you herewith a copy. Having had since the opportunity of going to Chicago for the opening of the Corot Exhibition and where, by the way, I had the pleasure of seeing your own possessions - Mr. Joachim showed me the reproduction of the small drawing in the Paris Collection called, "Portrait of Marguerite Gérard". It seems indeed very close as regards physiognomical traits to the Chicago drawing. But the problem resides in the fact that the early date seems to preclude the possibility of its being a portrait of Frogonard's sister-in-law. As you gathered from our conversation, I consider it extremely difficult to identify the sitters of Fragonard's portraits of young women - hence, in my opinion, all identifications should be followed by great .../.. question marks. I am sorry not to be a greater help in your research. Looking forward to seeing you soon again, and with best greetings, Sincerely yours, Germain Seligman Encl. Mr. Victor Carlson 23 Perkins Hall Cambridge 38, Mass. ^[[Carlson]] ^[[TP]]
This is a carbon copy. The "s" after Portrait was erased. TP was Mrs. Parker, Germain's secretary.
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