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Record NGA8/1

Archive reference number NGA8/1

Correspondence between Abraham Hume and Giovanni Maria Sasso, Giovanni Antonio Armano and others

Date 1787-1805

Sasso, Armano and a few other Italian agents such as Abbate Tata, corresponded with Abraham Hume about potential works of art for his collection, in particular regarding works by Italian but also some Dutch, Flemish and Spanish artists. The letters written in 1787 are addressed to Abraham Hume c/o Mr. Jenkins in Rome. The rest were sent to addresses in England. Some letters include descriptions, prices and locations or current owners of individual works which were offered to Hume but not necessarily acquired. There are descriptions, details of transactions and details of transport arrangements for those works he did acquire for his collection. The letters also contain references to natural history specimines, mainly minerals, which Hume also collected.

The letters are in Italian however English summaries exist for about half the letters. Abraham Hume's letters to both men are copy letters. There are a few letters from other dealers.

Record type Series
Alternative reference numbers NG43/1-162
Related material

Handrwitten and typed summaries of some of the letters are available in NGA8/3/1-2. Italian transcripts of the letters from Sasso to Hume can be found in NGA8/3/3

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