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Tiffin, W.B.: 3 Haymarket, London

Letter from W.B. Tiffin to Charles Ruland answering enquiries about the purchasers of Raphael drawings at the Woodburn sale, including drawings he himself bought and sold on or retained. 27 Jun 1861

Loose manuscript paper; mounted | 1 document (4 pages) (whole object) | RA VIC/ADDA10/85/154

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Tiffin writes that he is glad to answer Ruland's enquiries, and reports that at the first part of the Woodburn sale he bought an Adoration and a Study of Hands by Raphael; he is willing to send them to be photographed for the Prince Consort, but the latter has already been photographed for the South Kensington Museum. A commission agent, Ensom, bought 'Alexander & Roxane', and Mr Morant of Bond Street bought another lot containing copies from Raphael. At the supplementary sale Tiffin bought more Raphael drawings: the Creation, the Procession to Calvary and the Virgin & Infant, which he still has and will allow to be photographed for HRH; The Virgin fainting and the Head of Helen he sold to Miss Woodburn; a Virgin & Child and a female head he bought for the British Museum. He adds that a fine drawing of part of the Dispute of the Sacrament was bought by M. Gasc of Paris, who also bought a duplicate drawing of Alexander & Roxane. Otherwise he felt that this part of the collection 'had no pretension to originality'.
  • Creator(s)

    Tiffin, W.B.: 3 Haymarket, London (writer)

    Carl Ruland (1834-1907) (addressee)

  • 1 document (4 pages) (whole object)

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      • printed & manuscript material
        • documents
          • correspondence
  • Place of Production
    Alwyne Road [London]