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George Frederic Watts

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George Frederic Watts, by James Soame, circa 1854-1858 - NPG P68 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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George Frederic Watts

by James Soame
albumen print, circa 1854-1858
8 1/4 in. x 5 1/2 in. (209 mm x 139 mm)
Purchased, 1978
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  • George Frederic Watts (1817-1904), Painter and sculptor. Sitter in 43 portraits, Artist associated with 90 portraits.

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Little is known about Soame and the circumstances of this photograph but it almost certainly relates to Watts's work on his ambitious fresco project at Lincoln's Inn on which he worked from 1852 to 1859. It was probably taken for use as an aid in painting the multi figure composition of Justice in which there are a number of robed figures. It is also related to Watts's self-portrait as a 'Venetian Senator', itself a spin off from the Lincoln's Inn project.

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