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New York 22, N. Y.

November 30, 1960

Dear Tony:

Since I have had the pleasure of seeing you I have heard that you were in Italy keeping up the remarkable studies you have undertaken and, in this connection, let me tell you how much I enjoyed reading your articles on Batoni.  He is an artist whom from way back I admired much and who is only now receiving due recognition and this in great part on account of your publications.

You will excuse me, I hope, if I appeal to you once more for help - but I am truly at a loss and trust that yo  will know of some "live wire" who will be willing to undertake this research and to whom, of course, I would wish to send a check for his time and efforts.

The two enclosed photostats will explain the problem at stake - it is namely to identify these two coats of arms.  At the Public Library in New York I was told that the one with an archbishop cross should represent a guild or a corporation, the other a family.  These two escutcheons are at the bottom of a very importan Italian marble high relief by the Master of the Marble Madonnas which I purchased a little while ago.

At the German Institute in Florence, strangely enough, Dr. Middledorf told me that he was not able to identify them and did not know which organization or person he could recommend.  Since then, I have written to Mr. Pope Hennesay, to Paris, receiving similar negative answers, and to a professor in Milan who did not even go to the trouble of acknowledging my letter.  On the other hand, I have been disadvised to get directly in touch with any of the Roman Heraldic Institutions, for I was warned they request high fees and give no re results.....! All of this makes little sense to me for this marble must have been ordered by a well-to-do and leading family of the second half of the 15th Century and there must be a way and means of identifying them - perhaps through these very Roman Institutions, but then, by somebody who will really be anxious to obtain results.

When you have a chance, to do so, please let me hear from you and also as regards your own work as you know I am much interested.

Thanking you in advance for whatever you will be able to undertake, and with all good wishes for your own success, and kindest thoughts,

Sincerely yours,

Germain Seligman

Anthony M. Clark, Esq.
c/o American Express SAI
Piazza di Spagna, 38
Rome, Italy
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