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Royall Tyler to Robert Woods Bliss, January 16, 1948

International Bank for

Reconstruction and DevelopmentThe International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), established in 1944, became operational in 1946 as the original institution of the World Bank Group. It was a cooperative organization of 188 member nations that originally promoted sustainable development and reconstruction to nations devastated by the Second World War. See letter of June 28, 1947.

Washington, D.C.

77 Ch—Elysées


Dear Robert,

I had your letter of 2 Jan. yesterday,The whereabouts of this letter are unknown. and I’ve now handed over the enclo.The enclosure was not retained with the letter. to Landau.Nicolas Landau (1887–1979), an antiquities dealer known as “Le prince des antiquaires.” Born in Varsovia, he studied law in Paris before becoming an antiquities dealer in New York and then in Paris, where he had a business on the rue de Duras. He tells me D.O. isn’t taking that cameo.In the Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Collection’s Art for Sale File, this cameo is identified as Standing Virgin with Child, Byzantine, eleventh-twelfth century, M. Nicholas Landau, Dec. 29, 1947. I think they’re wrong.

I have 12 collars of yours, & will bring them. I’m still due to sail Feb. 14—but I doubt if I can make it.

Fearful rush—just got to catch a plane.

I’ll let you know definitive plans as soon as I’m sure, myself.