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|Selected Letters||Typed copy of a letter from G.F. Watts to Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton, dated 23 January 1882, responding to Lytton's praise of him and referring to his decision not to accept the offer of a dinner to be held in his honour at the Grosvenor Gallery.|
Jan. 23. 1882.
Dear Lord Lytton
I have got into great disgrace by declining to accept the dinner, all my instincts recoiled from the thing, and it is a great satisfaction to me to find that you approve.
I want to have your sympathy, I shall want the sympathy of those whom I most admire and respect for life now is all down-hill with me, and I have my best to do.
To be accounted a worthy son of that great England first among the very first in so many things has ever been my aspiration, and if the aim seemed too high, it will I am sure not be condemned even by those who may smile at the presumption, since I claim nothing but sympathy with the aspiration. I have as I said lived too much with the spirits of the great to be in error as to the achievement.
I hope you will some day give me a few sittings, my series of monumental portraits I think should be carried on. I am afraid I have meandered about a good deal and not been very clear, but I think you will pick out my meaning
Yours most sincerely