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George Frederick Watts

Born: London, 23 February 1817
Died: Compton, Surrey, 1 July 1904
Nationality: English

with William Behnes; Royal Academy (RA) Schools (1835)


1837 – exhibits The Wounded Heron (Watts Gallery, Compton) at the RA

1843 – wins £300 prize in the Westminster Hall Competition allowing Watts to travel to Florence; remains in Florence under patronage of Lady Holland

1864 – marries actress Ellen Terry; the couple separate the following year

1867 – elected member of RA

1870-80s – works on uncompleted allegorical cycle called “House of Life”

1897 – gives eighteen paintings to the Tate


Florence (1843-47; 1853)

Commissions from: 

Alexander Constantine Ionides; Lady Mary Augusta Holland

Important Artworks: 

 Self-Portrait, 1864 (Tate, London)

The Minotaur, 1885 (Tate, London)

Hope, 1886 (Tate, London)