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Brazio Buggiani, ca 1818-??

Nationality: Italian
Date of Birth: 1818 ca
Place of Birth: Italy
Date of Death:
Place of Death:

Identity:

Orazio Buggiani was a carver, gilder and picture restorer at 86 Oxford Street, West London. He was married, but no wife is listed in the 1881 census.

Life:

In March 1879 JW gave Buggiani a character reference in order that he might gain entrance into the Reading Room of the British Museum [#09249]. JW was on very good terms with Buggiani. According to a letter from JW to Mrs Rawlinson in November 1878, he was employed to varnish Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Battersea Reach (YMSM 119). In this letter JW declared that he was 'greatly gifted in all understanding of pictures' and recommended that if she had any old master works that needed to be cleaned or restored, he was the man [#08122]. JW described him to J. E. Boehm in 1878 as having 'passed his days with the old Masters' [#00322] and considered calling him as a witness during his bankruptcy proceedings [#11895].

Bibliography:

UK census 1881, from http://www.familysearch.org (accessed 2004).