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Letter from William Ewart Gladstone to G.F. Watts, dated 24 June 1885, offering the artist a baronetcy.
10, Downing Street,
June. 24. 85.
My dear Mr Watts
I have to request, with the sanction of Her Majesty, that you will allow yourself to be enrolled among the Baronets of the United Kingdom.
It gives me truly pleasure to have the means of thus
showing honour to Art in the person of so distinguished a representation of the noble pursuit.
Most faithfully yours