Letter from J.W. Beck to Henry Clay Frick, 2 September 1895

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In pencil, top left corner of page Ansd Answered 9/16/95


LETTER

9 Duke Street

Portland Place, London

Sept 2.95


Dear Mr Frick


I have heard from R. Watts as to my request that he would try & make some modification in the price of the picture "Little Red Ridinghood," & I am pleased to inform you that he has consented to take 800 guineas for it as the lowest price. He does not usually make alterations i his prices, but as a matter of courtesy to you & me he has consented on this occasion, and you will kindly regard it in confidence as I could not expect him to do so at another time.

I strongly advise you to accept the offer and to secure the picture, and it might be worth while to cable to me and I would then get


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the pictures and the etchings packed and sent to you without delay.


The draft for payment should be made payable to G. F. Watts Esq. R. A?? for 800 guineas ( ‎£840) which I would hand to him and send you his receipt.


As regards any commissions, the usual charge is 5% and if this is agreeable to you the amount would be £42, and the total cost to you would be £882, being a saving of £168 on the original price of the picture. I enclose a receipt for the £50 which you paid me on account of the etchings, and out of this I have £8- of yours in hand.


I hope you are having a pleasant journey home. Yours truly


J. W. Beck


H. C. Frick Esq.

Pittsburgh


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