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Acquisition file

20 Nov 1962-30 Dec 1963


Acquisition file


20 Nov 1962-30 Dec 1963

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Correspondence with Philip Hendy and representative of Leonard Wolfson over the potential for a grant from the Wolfson foundation for the acquisition of 'Château Noir', grant not possible due to the demands of other projects but loan would be a potential option. Some references to a picture by Vuillard that was not ultimately acquired. Correspondence with Cesar de Hauke concerning the provenance of the picture. Letter from de Bolli officially agreeing to sell the picture to the National Gallery. Correspondence with de Hauke detailing complications over export duty and insurance. Correspondence between various Trustees concerning proposed methods for raising the funds to purchase the picture. Receipt for the picture dated 3 Jan 1963, price given as 1 million francs (£80,000). Letter to Landais (Direction des Musees de France) from Hendy thanking him for assisting in granting permission for export of the picture. Letters to de Bolli from the Chairman and Director regretting the delays in exporting the picture, due to a last minute change of decision by the French government. Confidential statement providing a summary of problems that developed with the acquisition from 1961-1963, addressed to the French ambassador with covering letter. Correspondence between de Hauke and Hendy regarding ongoing problems with the export of the picture. Correspondence arranging for payment following delays in processing funds. Correspondence arranging a party to celebrate the arrival of the picture in London.

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