Skip to main content

Gainsborough's Duchess of Devonshire: Correspondence



Gainsborough's Duchess of Devonshire: Correspondence



Archive reference number



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.

Record type


Your list will only be saved temporarily. Inactivity of more than an hour could result in the loss of your list. If you would like to keep a record of your list, we suggest you email it to yourself.

Your list of records will be sent to us if you request an appointment, and a summary will be included in your appointment email notification.