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Acquisition file

22 Mar 1963-27 Oct 1972


Acquisition file


22 Mar 1963-27 Oct 1972

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Letter to Lord Astor from Philip Hendy, dated 22 March 1963, asking if Astor would consider offering 'The Thames below Westminster' to the National Gallery before other buyers in any potential future sale of the picture. Astor replies explaining that he will bequeath the picture to the National Gallery, Astor's secretary writes to confirm that a codicil has been added to Astor's will stipulating that the Monet is to be bequeathed to the National Gallery. Letter from Freshfields solicitors, dated 3 August 1971, confirming the death of Astor on 19 July and asking whether the Gallery would be able to offer any assistance should there be complications in exporting the picture from France, where Astor had moved in 1963. Assistance includes agreeing to accept the bequest before the Trustees have viewed the work, this request is agreed to as the picture is so well known. Letter officially accepting the bequest sent on behalf of the Trustees on 8 October 1971. Correspondence regarding the potential payment of estate duty on the picture in France. Press relseases.

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