Years later I bought a small work by mail from Abbott and Holder's catalogue. Lord Kenyon was the second buyer - the work had family relevance - and his bid had presumably been delayed by the mail to and from Wales. Inquiry followed as to whether I could see my way to releasing it, because of the family relevance, and I was happy to do so. His letter afterwards had exactly the same quality of appreciation and sincerity as his first had had. I retain them both with affectionate pleasure: I never met him.
Both episodes encapsulate the warm impression Nicolas Barker afforded of him, both as conscientious trustee and enthusiastic collector.Reuse content