Will the ENGLISH PUBLIC ALLOW this grand PICTURE to be LOST for ever from this COUNTRY? – Now EXHIBITING, CHARLES the FIRST's long-lost inimitable SLEEPING VENUS, the chef-d'oeuvre of Titian. A large number of connoisseurs from all parts of the globe pronounce it faultless. I am willing to exhibit the picture against any other Titian for beauty of feature and perfection of colour, drawing and design.–J. C. BARRATT, 369, Strand. Admission 1s.
This might be the Giorgione 'Sleeping Venus' with possible background work by Titian, now in the Gemäldegalerie, Dresden, or Titian's 'Venus of Urbino' in the Uffizi, Florence.
More historical extracts when I get back from Wales in a few days.