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|Archive reference number||NGA27/32/10|
Gainsborough's Duchess of Devonshire: Correspondence
A volume containing letters and press cuttings (1876-1893) concerning the theft of Gainsborough's "Duchess of Devonshire" from Thos. Agnew & Sons Old Bond Street Gallery. Ransom demands were communicated via letter from "New York", to which the firm posted their short responses in the Times.
Following the failure to negotiate the return of the painting in 1877, the volume contains intermittent letters from a variety of correspondents up to 1893 concerning its whereabouts and condition. Two associated volumes containing records regarding the theft and recovery of the painting can be found at NGA27/24/23/1-2).
Some letters are in a poor condition, and the volume itself is very fragile.