G.F. Watts: Portraits Catalogue (Hardback)

G.F. Watts: Portraits Catalogue (Hardback)

This book is the first major study of this aspect of Watts's work and provides a unique opportunity to see many of the artist's grand full-lengths.

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Fame & Beauty in Victorian Society

by Barbara Bryant

Foreword by Andrew Motion

Timed to coincide with the centenary of his death, this book is the first major study of this aspect of Watts's work and provides a unique opportunity to see many of the artist's grand full-lengths, often strikingly beautiful and most hardly known, as well as the wide range of his portraits, from society beauties to eminent Victorians, dating from the 1840s to the end of the century.

This handsome catalogue illustrates and describes over sixty works by Watts, some seen for the first time. The Poet Laureate Andrew Motion gives a fascinating account of his experience of the artist's work in the introduction and Barbara Bryant's text offers a wider view, exploring Watts's entire career through his portraiture. The book presents new perspectives on Watts as an innovative artist aware of the traditions in portraiture yet also keenly alert to new artistic developments like Pre-Raphaelitism and Symbolism.

Accompanies a major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 14 October 2004 to 9 January 2005.

280 x 240mm, 176 pages

110 illustrations

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