G. F. Watts: The Last Great Victorian

G. F. Watts: The Last Great Victorian

by Veronica Franklin Gould
     
 

George Frederic Watts (1817–1904) was a titanic figure in nineteenth-century British art. The father of British Symbolism and portrait painter of his age, he forged a controversial career that spanned the reign of Queen Victoria. This book, the first in-depth biography of Watts, sheds new light on the pioneering spirit and breadth of mind of the

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George Frederic Watts (1817–1904) was a titanic figure in nineteenth-century British art. The father of British Symbolism and portrait painter of his age, he forged a controversial career that spanned the reign of Queen Victoria. This book, the first in-depth biography of Watts, sheds new light on the pioneering spirit and breadth of mind of the artist.
Drawing on Watts’s abundant personal correspondence and diaries and an array of other contemporary documents, the book chronicles the artist’s career and personal life, including his friendships with Edward Burne-Jones, Frederic Leighton, William Gladstone, and Alfred Tennyson and his relationships with a series of singular women. The book also examines Watts’s wide reforming zeal and political agenda as well as his role and dealings in the Victorian art world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300105773
Publisher:
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Publication date:
08/30/2004
Pages:
508
Product dimensions:
8.74(w) x 10.38(h) x 1.46(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1Ambitious young philhellene3
2Florence11
3A cage eagle21
4Crusade against bare walls27
5Breezy Bohemia42
6Choosing57
7Unbridled passion71
8Royal academician84
9'Calling off these studios'98
10Sweet briary114
11New Little Holland House128
12Polemicist144
13Genius exposed158
14Revelations166
15New York sensation180
16Hope193
17Apex of art207
18'The utmost for the highest'222
19Limnerslease237
20Sic transit255
21Dual forces273
22Handover to the nation295
23The colossus sits315
24'Our race as pioneers'327
25'How fast the days go!'340
App. IA projected scheme for frescoes representing the progress of the cosmos361
App. IIA poem by Watts preserved by Ellen Terry363
App. IIIAn outline by Watts for Cain as an epic, cantata or oratorio364

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