§ MR. CAVENDISH BENTINCK
, with reference to the contract entered into between the Government and Mr. Dyce, asked. Whether the whole of the sum agreed upon had been paid, and what proportion of the paintings had been executed? In the event of the agreement not having been completed according to contract, he thought, under the circumstances, it would not be right to exact the return of the money from Mr. Dyce's representatives.
said, Mr. Dyce had received the whole sum agreed upon in advance, and had completed six panels, two remaining unfinished. He thought it was well understood that the price which was fixed so many years ago was very inadequate to the amount of labour and skill that Mr. Dyce bestowed upon his work. No decision had been come to with respect to the work which remained to be executed. [Mr. CAVENDISH BENTINCK: With regard to the money?] No decision had been come to upon the subject; but the fullest consideration would be given to it, and he appreciated the feelings of the hon. Gentleman in wishing that nothing illiberal should be done by the Government.
§ Resolutions agreed to.