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Royall Tyler to Robert Woods Bliss, March 13, 1950

67 rue de Lille67 rue de Lille, the former Hôtel Duret, constructed in 1872–1874 by David de Pénanrun. Beginning in January 1949, the building served as the Parisian headquarters of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Paris VII

13 March 1950

Dear Robert.

Many thanks for your letter of 1 March, enclosing one you had from Dean AchesonDean Gooderham Acheson (1893–1971), an American statesman and lawyer who was secretary of state from 1949 to 1953. The whereabouts of this letter are unknown.—who also wrote to David B,David Kirkpatrick Este Bruce (1898–1977), an American diplomat and politician who served as the U.S. ambassador to France between 1949 and 1952. in much the same strain.

As far as I can find out here, the Director of the “Agency”The first director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was Howard Kennedy, a Canadian who served between 1950 and 1951. has not yet been appointed, or at least not announced; and I understand that it is he who will make the other appointments. I’d be very grateful if you’d keep an eye on this, and let me know if you hear who it’s going to be.

Many thanks, also, for the catalogue of the “Collections’ Exhibition.”Probably Art Treasures from the Vienna Collections, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., November 20, 1949–January 22, 1950. The catalog was Art Treasures from the Vienna Collections, Lent by the Austrian Government (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1949). It looks good. There’s a superb show of drawings on here at the Orangerie: “De Fouquet à Cézanne.”Le dessin français de Fouquet à Cézanne, Orangerie des Tuileries, February–March, 1950.

I ran into Mrs. Henry FieldProbably the wife of the anthropologist and archaeologist Henry Field (1902–1986), who was a research fellow at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University (1950–1969). the other day, who told me that you and Mildred were coming over here for the Casals festival at Prades.Prades, a commune of the Pyrénées-Orfientales department in southern France; it was the adopted home of Pablo Casals (Pau Casals i Defilló, 1876–1973). The Prades Festival was established by Casals in 1950 and was renamed the Pablo Casals Festival in 1982. Is that right? Do let me know your program, when you can.

Fond love to you both.


R. T.

Associated Places: Paris (France)