NPG 1126 (4a/4b)
Letter from William Ewart Gladstone to G.F. Watts, dated 23 May 1879, arranging a sitting with the artist.
73 Hailey Ct
May 23. 79
Dear Mr Watts
I find that you require another sitting to finish the work of painting me, which I will know from long and varied experiences to be an arduous business. I know also that you like a time before luncheon better than a later time; I will
therefore, unless I hear from you to the contrary, present myself to you on Monday at noon. I think it but fair also to promise that you shall not be distracted by my yielding to the temptations which the chance of a talk with you always offers. Yours most faithfully