NPG 1767 (2b)

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Letter from the restorer to J.D. Milner, director of the National Portrait Gallery, dated 6 December 1924, discussing the damage done to the portrait.

  parts were bulging about an inch deep. So that when the portrait was flattened by relining, things became crooked especially the eye and outline of the cheek. So you can imagine the difficulty I had in getting things right. I wanted Sargent to have a go at it himself after I had done my best. But he wouldn't touch it. And you have it now as it came out of my studio.

Talking of Sargent, I have been kept pretty busy of late tickling up his work for the coming R.A. show, & my studio is full up with his paintings at the present moment.

Yours very truly
George C. Rollin