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Frederick William Watts

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Frederick WIlliam Watts (1800-1870)
Frederick William Watts was an English painter of “quintessential landscapes”. He was greatly influenced by the famous British artist John Constable. For many years Watts was Constable’s neighbor in Hampstead, England and “doubtless attended his lectures held in the Assembly Rooms in June 1833 and July 1836″. “Both Constable and Watts were determined to break away from the traditional form of eighteenth century painting, and paint the effects of natural lighting from nature”. The Dictionary of British Art describes Watts as “closely following the style of Constable, but preserving his own unique style and coloring”. “During his own lifetime and after his death Watt's reputation was eclipsed by that of Constable, but his work has now enjoyed a well-deserved revival”.

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Frederick WIlliam Watts (1800-1870)
Frederick William Watts was an English painter of “quintessential landscapes”. He was greatly influenced by the famous British artist John Constable. For many years Watts was Constable’s neighbor in Hampstead, England and “doubtless attended his lectures held in the Assembly Rooms in June 1833 and July 1836″. “Both Constable and Watts were determined to break away from the traditional form of eighteenth century painting, and paint the effects of natural lighting from nature”. The Dictionary of British Art describes Watts as “closely following the style of Constable, but preserving his own unique style and coloring”. “During his own lifetime and after his death Watt’s reputation was eclipsed by that of Constable, but his work has now enjoyed a well-deserved revival”. Constable’s paintings at auction have sold for over 37 million U.S. Watts was born in 1800 in Bath, Summerset. For most of his life his home was in Hampstead, where in 1821 he established a studio at High Street. Watts remained in Hampstead for 10 years before moving to Camden Town in 1831 and finally to Haverstock Hill seven years later, where he spent the remaining 32 years of his life. Watts travelled extensively through England and Wales, and also for a period of time on the Continent. Watts “painted only a small number of Continental subjects during the late 1820’s, his preference being given to English scenery.” Often he painted “en plein air” and was particularly interested in depicting locks, water mills and river scenes. Little is known of his life, but the large number of paintings he exhibited attests to his success. He exhibited mainly at the Royal Academy between 1821 and 1860 (the first of 76 paintings), the British Institution between 1823 and 1862 (108 paintings), at the Suffolk Street Galleries of the Royal Society of British Artists from 1830 (65 paintings) and the National Watercolor Society. Many of his paintings were unsigned, occasionally bearing initials, but can easily be recognized by his distinctive style. This large and finely detailed 19th century oil on canvas by Watts depicts a busy farming scene by the river Thames. The painting measures 28″x18″, and 36″x26″ in a period gilt gallery frame. The painting is monogrammed F.W.W. lower left. Paintings by Watts are in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the British Broadcasting Corporation’s national collection of art displays 38 paintings by Watts.