Royall Tyler to Robert Woods Bliss, August 1, 1937

Hotel Lincoln

Paris

1.VIII.37

Dear Robert.

After having examined repeatedly & lengthily [sic] the King of Roumania’sCarol II (1893–1953) reigned as King of Romania between 1930 and 1940. El Grecos,El Greco (Doménikos Theotokópoulos) (1541–1614), a painter of the Spanish Renaissance. I am decidedly of the impression that the only ones for you are (1) the Betrothal of the Virgin,El Greco, The Marriage of the Virgin, 1613–1614, oil on canvas, National Museum of Art, Bucharest. This painting was a gift to Romania by King Carol II. and (2) the Adoration of the Shepherds.El Greco, Adoration of the Shepherds, ca. 1596, oil on canvas, National Museum of Art, Bucharest. This painting was a gift to Romania by King Carol II. Bill, who was with me yesterday, agrees. He says the Betrothal is very close to your Visitation,HC.P.1936.18.(O). in every respect. He thinks it one of El G.’s most beautiful pictures, & so do I. It is not quite finished, (see St. Joseph’s left hand) but that doesn’t detract from its beauty.

I saw Wildenstein.Georges Wildenstein (1892–1963), a French gallery owner, art collector, editor, and art historian. He professes not to have heard that the K. of R.“King of Romania.” wants to sell, but says he’ll inquire. I mentioned no name, nor any individual picture. We’ll see.

I send you photos. & a litho. of a Romanesque bronze headThis Romanesque bronze head has not been identified. that looks very fine, & which at Lire 25,000, isn’t dear. If you want it, please write direct to Borelli.Borelli has not been identified. If you don’t, please return the photos. to him.

Yrs

R. T.

 
Associated People: William Royall Tyler
Associated Artworks: HC.P.1936.18.(O)