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George Frederic Watts

George Frederic Watts, by Henry Poole,  -NPG 2480 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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George Frederic Watts

by Henry Poole
23 1/4 in. (591 mm) high
NPG 2480

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Sculptor Henry Poole worked at Watts’s studio in Compton between 1902 and 1904, having formerly been apprenticed to Harry Bates. He assisted with the making of the sitter’s death mask, NPG 5283. His later career was occupied with portraits, architectural sculpture and relief figures; he is also credited with the interior decoration of the Black Friar pub in London. He was elected ARA in 1920, and RA in 1927.

The date of execution has not been ascertained, but the work is similar in size and format to the artist’s memorial statuette of First World War pilot Albert Ball (NPG 2277) produced in the 1920s.

Dr Jan Marsh

Physical descriptionback to top

Whole-length, standing, holding palette in left hand, maulstick in right hand, beside stool holding volumes and jar on floor holding brushes.

Conservationback to top

Conserved, 1987.

Provenanceback to top

Constance Sandys, from whom purchased 1930.

Exhibitionsback to top

Sculpture in the Basement, NPG, London, 1987.

Reproductionsback to top

Hutchings 1994, p.40.

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