NPG 1000 (6a)

Letter from Matthew Arnold to G.F. Watts, dated 29 June (1885), congratulating the artist on being offered a baronetcy.

Athenaeum Club
Pall Mall S.W.
June 29th.

My dear Watts
To be associated with your noble and high toned set will give a new dignity to the name of Baronet - this is the form which I find my congratulation to you irresistibly takes. But I am sincerely glad that the public should honour itself by offering
recognition to what it is so very good for it to be able to recognise - an



artist of your worth.

When I get free from my official bonds I shall come and see you - but meanwhile and always you have the kindest thoughts and the most cordial esteem from

Yours sincerely
Matthew Arnold.