HC Deb 10 May 1875 vol 224 c397

said, he desired to ask the Prime Minister a Question, of which he had given private Notice, relative to a fine early Italian portrait by Solario, which during the winter was for sale at Milan. A foreign Government had, he believed, made an offer for it of £1,500 or £1,600, and it was said that our own Government were in treaty for it. He wished to know, Whether there was any prospect of this fine picture being acquired for the National Collection?


Sir, I am glad to inform my noble Friend that the portrait now belongs to the British nation.