Letter from J.W. Beck to Henry Clay Frick, 10 December 1895

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9 Duke Street, Portland Place London, Dec. 10. 95

Dear Mr. Frick

I thank you for your letter of the 26th ult. re Mr Watts' picture "Little Red Ridinghood, and I hope there may be another opportunity for you to see it. I have kept in mind your wish that I should let you know if I saw anything good that might suit you. You will remember the Israel picture which we saw together & which I think you liked. It was at the time we saw it, under a promise to a well known collector in Scotland, and he bought it a few days after. Since then I have seen what I think a very good example of Israels work, for I prefer his free, & rich method to his earlier work. The subject is very characteristic of the master's "The Little Nurse", a cottage interior - a woman lying in bed, and a girl reading to her. It is beautiful in color & in feeling seems to be at once both pathetic & hopeful. The size of the canvas is 41x50 and the price 1000 guineas. It is difficult to advise in such a matter, but the picture would suit me.

Another picture is "The Chateau de Chambord" by Th. Rousseau THEODORE ROUSSEAU a beautiful little example - warm & rich in colour. There is a critique about it by Th. Gautier on the back of the picture & I enclose a copy of it, as he is much more competent to speak on Rousseau's work than I. The size of the canvas is 14 1/2 x 17 3/4 and the price asked for the picture is 2000 guineas.

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