NPG 9487 (1a)
Typed copy of a letter from G.F. Watts to Lady Dorothy Nevill, dated 28 March 1884, declining an invitation to visit.
LITTLE HOLLAND HOUSE,
28th. March 1884
DEAR LADY DOROTHY
Many thousand thanks. I am pleased to meet remarkable people, especially those from whom I can profit, and I delight in beauty, but I have little interest in those who become famous from accident, so I should prefer to come and see you and a few old (or new) friends such as I had the pleasure of finding at your house the day when I enjoyed myself so much. The amusement you so kindly offer me in this case would be in the indulgence of curiosity, not a nice feeling to be encouraged towards anyone who wears a crinolette; so please give me another opportunity of so pleasantly paying my respects to you,
And believe me to be,
Dear Lady Dorothy, yours sincerely,