HC Deb 15 March 1858 vol 149 c174

begged to ask the noble Lord the President of the Board of Works whether, in the event of any offers of sculpture, as approved specimens of the fine arts, being made by way of gifts to the nation, with a view to their being placed in the Parks, any objection would be raised on the part of the Government to their acceptance?


replied, that if any public-spirited individual made such an offer as that referred to in the question of the hon. Gentleman he should be prepared to take Her Majesty's pleasure upon the subject. At the same time, he should recommend the acceptance of none but really meritorious works.