NPG 2893 (2a)
|Selected Letters||Typed copy of a letter from G.F. Watts to Mrs Henrietta Octavia Barnett, dated 11 September 1892, describing pictures not previously seen in public.|
Little Holland House,
My dear Mrs Barnett,
I am so sorry we shall be away. I have been laid up for nearly a month with a bad foot which has stopped my work and made me helpless, obliged to be carried about and all that that means. I have nothing in the gallery that has not been seen in Whitechapel over and over again excepting two small things, good suggestions I think for a little sermon, and a red chalk drawing, under a version of the "Angel of Death" (from the "Court of Death") a figure of Love seated holding up to view a handful of rose leaves which as they retain their perfume when the flower is dead afford a symbol I need say nothing about but which should be a good subject for an interesting discourse. The other is a small picture of widely different signification Anger and Vindication which while it injures hurts itself and sets fire to its own dwelling. Something I think may be likewise said about it - I hope you and Mr Barnett are quite well. I did not know till lately he had been so very ill.
Very sincerely yours,