Item #H28707 1914 signed typed letter to artist Timothy Cole about the attribution of a Velasquez painting, etc., mentioned Bernard Berenson. William Cornelius Van Horne.

1914 signed typed letter to artist Timothy Cole about the attribution of a Velasquez painting, etc., mentioned Bernard Berenson

Montreal: 1914. 10 x 8 inches, good with some creases and light edgewear and short tears on right edge. Dated March 19, 1914, addressed to the artist Timothy Cole. "Dear Mr. Cole, The 'Young Man with a Stick' which was in my collection at the time of your visit as a Murillo, and which you engraved, turns out to be a Velasquez. Mr. Berenson and others having expressed this opinion, I took advantage of the presence on this side of the Atlantic of Doctor Meyer, of Munich, who is now the leading authority on early Spanish art, to get his opinion. He came to Montreal the other day and at once recognized the picture as a Velasquez and unquestionably so. Mr. Jaccaci, who came up with Dr. Meyer, fully concurs in his opinion. I wrote this in order that the engraving may be published under the proper name. Dr. Meyer makes the interesting suggestion that this is the long lost portrait of Fonseca, a friend of Velasquez, who appears in one or two of his compositions. I am just beginning to discard crutches and hobble about with a stick. I hope you are very well." Van Horne was involved in many aspects of Montreal's economic, cultural and political life. Van Horne served as a governor of McGill University from 1895 to 1915 and was one of the first in Canada to acquire artworks by members of the French impressionist movement. He was himself a painter, with his surviving works now residing in museums such as the Montreal Museum of Fine Art and Covenhoven itself. Van Horne is best known for having overseen the construction of the Canadian transcontinental railway. Good. Item #H28707

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