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Record NG6/6/717

Archive reference number NG6/6/717

Letter to The Right Honourable Lord Frederick Cavendish

Date 22 Jul 1880

Acknowledging receipt of his Lordship’s letter dated 15 Jul enclosing a copy of

a Treasury minute suggesting certain changes in the arrangement for the

admission of the Public to the National Gallery, and replying that the Trustees

and Director, having been invited to make their observations, record their

objections to the imposition of an entrance fee of being doubtful efficacy and

not likely to produce the anticipated results, regarding opening the Gallery to

the Public on Student Days they do not see reasons for departing from the

opinion expressed in their third Resolution of 1 Jun and in the Director’s

Remarks showing the necessity for retaining a certain closed time during the

week irrespectively of the interests of the students. If the Lords

Commissioners of H. M. Treasury should determine that it is desirable to carry

out the views they expressed the Trustees and Director recommend that the

Gallery be closed until noon on Students Days for the weekly work of cleaning

and hanging of pictures, and the right reserved to close one or more Rooms when

they think fit for that purpose.

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