HC Deb 18 March 1875 vol 223 c26

asked the First Commissioner of Works, Whether, considering how successful the treatment of Mr. Richmond, E.A., has been in preserving the frescoes by Maclise in the Royal Gallery from the destruction which threatened them, he will avail himself of the advice and services of the same distinguished artist and of his colleagues on the late Committee of Inquiry, to arrest the decay of such of the other frescoes as are not already too far gone?


Sir, the only frescoes that require examination or show decay are those in the upper waiting hall, and also the four that are in the House of Lords. Since last Session, and on the representation of the hon. Member for Peterborough (Mr. Hankey), I arranged that Mr. Cope should restore his frescoes in the Lords' Gallery, and they have since been glazed. It is my intention to consult with my noble Friend (Lord Hardinge) and the Members of that distinguished Assembly as to what steps should be taken next, and I hope to state the result after Easter, when the Estimates of my Department are before the House.