NPG 316 (1b)

Letter from Lowes Dickinson to Sir G. Scharf, director of the National Portrait Gallery, dated 12 September (1870), remarking on a recent visit to the National Portrait Gallery.


the arrangement of the Pictures has subordinated the inferior to the better works, but certainly the impression it made upon me the other day was vastly pleasanter than when I was in the old Rooms.

I should like to know some time when you are at leisure and perhaps I will call & ask you when I return to London whether the Trustees intend to loan any pictures to the Great Exhibition at Kensington next year. If so I might ask for the loan of Cobden for that purpose. I say I might, not that I shall, because the picture cannot possibly be seen better than where it hangs