George Frederic Watts
- Extended Catalogue Entry
George Frederic Watts
by David Wilkie Wynfield
albumen print, 1863
8 1/4 in. x 6 1/4 in. (210 mm x 160 mm)
Sitterback to top
- George Frederic Watts (1817-1904), Painter and sculptor. Sitter in 43 portraits, Artist associated with 91 portraits.
Artistback to top
- David Wilkie Wynfield (1837-1887), Painter and photographer. Artist associated with 34 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
This portraitback to top
David Wilkie Wynfield was the founder of the group of artists known as the St. John's Wood Clique. His photograph of Watts is one of a series of leading artists and writers whom he represented in large, arresting close-ups wearing historical dress.
Linked publicationsback to top
- 100 Photographs, 2018, p. 32 Read entry
One of the most celebrated painters of the Victorian period, George Frederic Watts (1817-1904) is known for his allegorical and history works, in addition to his portraits - most notably his ‘Hall of Fame’ series, of which the National Portrait Gallery holds almost fifty canvases. This portrait of Watts by David Wilkie Wynfield (1837-87) is one of a series featuring leading artists and writers whom he represented wearing historical dress, in large, arresting close-ups. Victorian pioneer photographer Julia Margaret Cameron credited Wynfield as a major influence, and many qualities now associated with her work can be found in his portraits.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Princes of Victorian Bohemia: Photographs by David Wilkie Wynfield (28 January 2000 - 14 May 2000)
Events of 1863back to top
Current affairsThe opening of the world's first underground railway, with the Metropolitan Railway running trains between Bishop's Street, Padington and Farringdon. Work had begun in 1860, using the 'cut-and-cover' method of construction. The Metropolitan line inspired the construction of other underground railways - the Parisian 'Metro' took its name from the line.
The Football Association is founded.
Art and scienceJulia Margaret Cameron takes up photography, taking portraits of some of the most celebrated figures of the day, with her romantic style capturing the sense of nostalgia and longing that characterised the age.
Kingsley's Water Babies; A Fairy Tale for Children is published, the hugely popular tale of drowned chimney sweep Tom's moral education in the river world of the water babies. It inspired the 1978 film starring James Mason.