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George Frederic Watts

(1817-1904), Painter and sculptor

Sitter in 43 portraits
Artist associated with 90 portraits
Painter; won premiums at Westminster Palace Competitions, 1842 and 1847; visited Italy, 1843-7; his large allegorical works on universal themes appealed deeply to the Victorians, and he was considered to be the greatest English artist of his age; RA, 1867; married Ellen Terry, 1864 (separated 1865), and secondly Mary Fraser Tytler, 1886.

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Sir Anthony Panizzi, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 1010

Sir Anthony Panizzi

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, circa 1847
On display at Bodelwyddan Castle
NPG 1010

Thomas Wright, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 1016

Thomas Wright

by George Frederic Watts
chalk, circa 1850-1851
NPG 1016

John Russell, 1st Earl Russell, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 895

John Russell, 1st Earl Russell

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, circa 1851
On display in Room 26 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 895

Sir Austen Henry Layard, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 3787

Sir Austen Henry Layard

by George Frederic Watts
chalk, circa 1852
NPG 3787

Sir Austen Henry Layard, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 1006

Sir Austen Henry Layard

by George Frederic Watts
black chalk, circa 1852
NPG 1006

John Russell, 1st Earl Russell, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 2635

John Russell, 1st Earl Russell

by George Frederic Watts
chalk, circa 1852
NPG 2635

James Spedding, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 2059

James Spedding

by George Frederic Watts
chalk, circa 1853
NPG 2059

Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, 1st Bt, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 3076

Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, 1st Bt

by George Frederic Watts
coloured chalk, circa 1855
NPG 3076

Edmund Lyons, 1st Baron Lyons, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 685

Edmund Lyons, 1st Baron Lyons

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, 1856-1857
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 685

Stratford Canning, Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 684

Stratford Canning, Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe

by George Frederic Watts
oil on panel, 1856-1857
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 684

William Ewart Gladstone, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 1126

William Ewart Gladstone

by George Frederic Watts
oil on panel, 1859
On display at British Academy, London
NPG 1126

George Douglas Campbell, 8th Duke of Argyll, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 1263

George Douglas Campbell, 8th Duke of Argyll

by George Frederic Watts
oil on panel, circa 1860
On display at Bodelwyddan Castle
NPG 1263

George Frederic Watts, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 5087

George Frederic Watts

by George Frederic Watts
oil on panel, circa 1860
On display in Room 26 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5087

John Laird Mair Lawrence, 1st Baron Lawrence, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 1005

John Laird Mair Lawrence, 1st Baron Lawrence

by George Frederic Watts
oil on panel, 1862
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1005

Henry Hart Milman, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 1324

Henry Hart Milman

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, circa 1863
On display in the Watts Hall of Fame at Bodelwyddan Castle
NPG 1324

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 1015

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, circa 1863-1864
On display in the Watts Hall of Fame at Bodelwyddan Castle
NPG 1015

Ellen Terry ('Choosing'), by George Frederic Watts - NPG 5048

Ellen Terry ('Choosing')

by George Frederic Watts
oil on strawboard mounted on Gatorfoam, 1864
NPG 5048

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