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Major-General Robert Bruce (1813-62)

Letter from Colonel Robert Bruce to Dr. Ernst Becker about Lake Price's activities in seeking permission to photograph works of art in Rome for the Prince Consort. 9 Mar 1859

Loose manuscript paper; mounted | 1 document (4 pages) (whole object) | RA VIC/ADDA10/85/279

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Colonel Bruce writes that Dr. Becker seems to have misunderstood his letter (see VIC/ADDA10/85/275), for it was not his idea to employ Mr Freeborn. He encloses letters from Lake Price (see VIC/ADDA10/85/280-282) showing that he had sought Freeborn's help before contacting Colonel Bruce, and had declined Bruce's offer of assistance in applying to owners of private galleries [for permission to photograph their pictures].

Bruce is sorry Becker did not warn him of Lake Price's 'forwardness'. He affirms that Lake Price asked him to include other pictures [i.e. commissioned by people other than the Prince Consort] in his application to the [Pontifical] Government, but he refused to do so. He will now contact the owners of the galleries and try to arrange matters satisfactorily with them. He asks Becker to tell the Prince what he has said, as he would not wish HRH to have any doubts as to his conduct in the matter.

Related Material: For related correspondence, see VIC/ADDA10/85/275, VIC/ADDA10/85/280 and VIC/ADDA10/85/282.
  • Creator(s)

    Major-General Robert Bruce (1813-62) (writer)

    Dr Ernst Becker (1826-88) (addressee)

  • 1 document (4 pages) (whole object)

  • Object type(s)
      • printed & manuscript material
        • documents
          • correspondence
  • Place of Production
    Rome [Lazio]