Autograph letter signed \June 27  95. 2 pages in-8 oblong, laid paper under half morocco modern blue shirt.
Traces of folds, old and discreet repair scotch. Degas collector swapped three of his pastels of dancers against a table of Delacroix.
Dear sir montagnac I received your letter this morning and the table. [To Delacroix] arrived at 2am. So it was agreed that I bought you twelve thousand francs that Baron portrait Schwiter and I pay you well: three pastels of me.
I transcribe your letter, however jy copy: two of these pastels represent groups of dancers, and the third one or two laundresses. For the latter I reserve the right to replace them with dancers, if it mallait better. If you can, tell me you hand me one of those pastels from here a month or two you would do me the greatest pleasure.
You add: it is understood that the three pastels will be completed next winter. All well and jy agree. Goodbye, dear sir, and receive my thanks. Collecting notified degas had assembled a remarkable collection of ancient and modern paintings, including in particular Greco, Ingres, Courbet and Delacroix.
Of the latter, he will own thirteen tables, this is the portrait of Baron Schwiter is here the object of his desires. Rejected by the jury of the 1827 Exhibition is today preserved at the National Gallery of London.
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