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Record NGA27/33/4/10

Archive reference number NGA27/33/4/10
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Copies of Reproduction of Gainsborough's Duchess of Devonshire and related documentation

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The following records were photographed and copies of the photos are contained within this folder, as follows:

- The first page of a letter (6 Mar 1877) written by the thieves of the Duchess to the firm, discussing continuation of communication, and delivery of a second piece of the picture as proof;

- The Reward Poster (£1000) for information re the stolen painting, translated into German (2 copies);

- The Reward Poster (25,000 francs) for information re the stolen painting, translated into French and including annotations noting the mistakes made by Scotland Yard;

- The first page of a letter (15 Dec 1876) written by the thieves of the Duchess to the firm, notifying them of its safe arrival in America, enclosing a fragment of the painting, and demands on future communication;

- The first page of a letter (22 Feb 1877) written by the thieves of the Duchess to the firm, providing them with a longer piece of the upper part of the picture and a request to insert an advertisement in the Times by way of response;

- Press cuttings re the Lost Gainsborough;

- A small mounted copy of the "Duchess of Devonshire", photographed by Henry Graves & Co. A reward for information is advertised on the back;

- A mounted copy of the "Duchess of Devonshire", coloured after the original (if required) and photographed by Henry Graves & Co. A reward for information is advertised on the back;

- The "Duchess of Devonshire", copied from "Frontispiece to Morgan Catalogue", photographed by A.C. Cooper & Sons;

- The "Duchess of Devonshire", with W.O. Morgan noted on the back, photographed by Sydney Newbury;

- An article, "Engravings and the art market: The leg-less Duchess" giving a brief history of the painting, and including a two engravings (1870 and 1890) showing the composition before and after the lower section was removed.

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