NPG 1000 (6a)
Letter from Matthew Arnold to G.F. Watts, dated 29 June (1885), congratulating the artist on being offered a baronetcy.
Pall Mall S.W.
My dear Watts
To be associated with your noble and high toned set will give a new dignity to the name of Baronet - this is the form which I find my congratulation to you irresistibly takes. But I am sincerely glad that the public should honour itself by offering recognition to what it is so very good for it to be able to recognise - an
artist of your worth.
When I get free from my official bonds I shall come and see you - but meanwhile and always you have the kindest thoughts and the most cordial esteem from