Marlene, I hope I do not take liberties to address you so familiarly. If so I pray you forgive an old man for his quirks. News of the remarkable discovery made it here to Belgium. I was summoned from Hong Kong by my dear friend Nicaise de Keyser upon the recent death of the king. His son (Leo. II) was crowned Sunday last and my services were required. Although it meant my work in China was cut short, it was most satisfying to visit Nicaise. He is a noted and most accomplished painter and it was he who first told me of the discovered Antoinette painting. The Academy here in Antwerp have dispatched a panel of experts to Paris to examine the painting and to attempt to determine its source. I mentioned briefly with him over dinner last eve, our correspondences and your association with Msr. B. I tell you – I have known Nicaise for quite some time and have never seen such a look on his face as when I mentioned Msr. B. I fear you misunderstood my earlier reference to my employ with him. It was but for a short period when I was much younger with keener senses of observation than I fear I possess today. In fact I fear my negotiations in China may have been to my disadvantage as I wearied from the work of it. My daughter urges me to pass the work on to younger men, but it is hard to let it go. But I digress. The contingent from Antwerp will include a Lawrence Alma-Tadema. You might seek him out and hear what he has to say about the painting. You should mention my acquaintance. Until anon.