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    An Authorized Reproduction of a Chagall Painting, with Signed Letters by Chagall and Edward G. Robinson Granting Permission for the Reproduction

    Marc Chagall. "The Praying Jew". Reproduction of the original 1914 painting, purchased by actor and art collector Edward G. Robinson. [N.p., n.d., ca. 1953]. Approximately 23.5 x 17.75 inches. On wooden board. Framed. Toned, somewhat loose in frame. Good. [Together With:] Marc Chagall (Russian-born French artist, 1887-1985). Typed Letter Signed. "Les Collines"/Venice, 25 septembre 1953. One octavo page. Approximately 8.25 x 6.25 inches. In this letter (in French), Chagall regrets that he can't give permission to reproduce "The Praying Jew," as it is owned by "collectionneur Robenson [sic]," and he must contact Robinson for permission. Creased. With the original mailing envelope. [Together With:] Edward G. Robinson (American Actor and Art Collector, 1893-1973). Typed Letter Signed. [N.p.], June 9, 1953. One octavo page. Approximately 7.5 x 6.5 inches. In this amiable letter, Robinson states that he regrets that he doesn't have a copy to send to his correspondent, but he grants permission to the correspondent to take a photo of the painting in order to make his own copy. Robinson has signed and initialed the letter. Both letters and the mailing envelope are matted, framed and glazed together. A fine collection.
    The original painting was displayed in the National Gallery of Art in 1953 when the collector saw it. He wrote to Chagall asking for permission to make a copy, but Chagall responded that he couldn't grant such a request, as he no longer owned the painting. Then the collector wrote to the owner of the painting, Edward G. Robinson, who gave permission to have a copy made.

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    October, 2014
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