HC Deb 23 August 1881 vol 265 cc726-7

asked the First Commissioner of Works, Whether it is intended to proceed with the series of pictures by Sir. Herbert, R.A., for the decoration of the Peers Robing Room, as settled by the Fine Arts Commission for the Decoration of the Houses of Parliament; and, whether the two pictures already completed have given satisfaction, and what progress the artist has made with the two remaining pictures?


Sir, it was originally intended that there should be four pictures painted for the Peers' Robing Room. When, however, the second picture was ordered from Mr. Herbert, it was expressly stipulated that the Government was to be under no further obligation to give him a commission for a third or fourth picture, and no further order has been given. The picture of "Mosos," already placed in the Peers' Robing Room, has given, I need hardly say, general satisfaction; the second picture is not yet placed there, and I think it would be premature in me to express any opinion about it.