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General Sir Charles Grey (1804-70)

Letter from Sir Arthur Magenis, the British Envoy to Sweden, to General Charles Grey concerning the photographing of works by Raphael in the Swedish royal collection. 29 Apr 1859

Loose manuscript paper; mounted | 1 document (4 pages) (whole object) | RA VIC/ADDA10/85/527

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Magenis acknowledges receipt of Grey's letter about the Raphael drawings in the Swedish royal collection of which the Prince Consort would like photographs. He reports that the Foreign Minister, Baron Manderström, does not think there will be any objection. The drawings were bought by Count Tessin at the Creuzat [Crozat] sale in Paris. Magenis knows of a good photographer in Stockholm and will ask about his terms; Becker should send size specifications. The letter concludes with the news that William (Grey, General Grey's brother) has left Stockholm and is taking his newly-wed wife to stay with his mother; Magenis asks Grey to be kind to her when she meets his formidable family, and says he feels bereft after the eleven years he and William have worked together. The sale in Paris was that of the art collector Pierre Crozat, whose important collection of Old Master drawings was sold in 1741; Count Tessin bought some 2,000 of them. William Grey married Theresa, daughter of Count Stedingk, a Swedish officer. She later became a Woman of the Bedchamber to Alexandra, Princess of Wales.
  • Creator(s)

    General Sir Charles Grey (1804-70) (addressee)

    Sir Arthur Magenis (writer)

  • 1 document (4 pages) (whole object)

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