Robert Woods Bliss to Royall Tyler, February 2, 1939

February 2: 1939

Dear Royall,

As usual we have been over-rushed the last few weeks, but I want to at least acknowledge now your letters of the 3rd and 17th, as well as our postcard from Rome, dated the 12th—all of January.

I am sending this hurried line to tell you that the letter, of which I sent you a copy in mine of December 24th, was signed by KummelOtto Kümmel (1874–1952), a German art historian and director of the Berlin State Museums between 1934 and 1945. and not by Kühnel. I have compared the signature on the letter of December 5th, 1938, with letters we have on file from both of the above so I know positively that the letter about the EmperorBZ.1937.23. and MADBZ.1938.62. came from him.

On the whole, I think it is just as well to answer his letter simply saying that I bought two of the sculptures some time ago from a dealer in Switzerland, who was the owner of the sculptures at the time I bought them, and that I know nothing about the other two he mentions. I will send you a copy of my letter when I write it.

No more for to-day, except much love from us both


Associated Artworks: BZ.1937.23; BZ.1938.62