PP/GC/LE/84 Letter from Sir G.C.Lewis to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, regarding the proposed membership of the National Gallery Commission, 31 October [1856]
Letter from Sir George Cornewall Lewis, second Baronet, [Chancellor of the Exchequer], Harpton [Court, Radnorshire], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: T.Baring, Ashburton, Sidney Herbert, Lord de Grey, Lord Northampton, and Lord Stanley have all been approached for the National Gallery Commission. The first five have refused. The Stanley at first accepted but has just withdrawn his acceptance. "I fear that it is a fatal objection to Sir T.Baring that he voted against Elcho's motion." The Duke of Newcastle would be a good man, but it is doubtful that he would agree and he might be considered too favourable to the court. If on receiving the names sent the previous day Palmerston thinks it desirable to approach Newcastle, Lewis will write to him immediately. What is required is a full, impartial, and clear statement of the case. This would carry conviction to all unprejudiced minds; the names Lewis has suggested would produce such a report. It might be polite to include Layard's name. His great object is to get a large building to hold his Nimrud bulls. The removal of antiquities from the British Museum is a question that should be referred to the enquiry. Layard asked to serve and therefore could not refuse. 31 Oct 1856
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Sir George Cornewall Lewis, second Baronet, (Member of Parliament for Radnor), Chancellor of the Exchequer
Sir Thomas Baring, second Baronet, private secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty
William Bingham Baring, fourth Baron Ashburton, trustee of the National Gallery
Sidney Herbert, Secretary of State for the Colonies
Thomas Philip Weddell, second Earl de Grey, President of the Society of Architects
Charles Douglas Compton, fourth Marquis of Northampton, trustee of the National Gallery
Edward John Stanley, second Baron Stanley, President of the Board of Trade
Henry Pelham Pelham-Clinton, fifth Duke of Newcastle
Sir Austen Henry Layard, Member of Parliament for Aylesbury, art collector
Francis Charteris-Douglas-Wemyss, styled Lord Elcho
Motion by Francis Charteris-Douglas-Wemyss, styled Lord Elcho, in the House of Commons for a royal commission to determine the site of a new National Gallery
Nimrud bulls: collection of Assyrian sculpture
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