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Watts (1817-1904)

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Language: English
Wordcount: 12,376 / 44 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 50.8
LoC Categories: CT, NX
Downloads: 442
Added to site: 2004.11.14
mnybks.net#: 9135
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Biography, Art

Biography of the popular English Victorian painter and sculptor associated with the Symbolist movement.

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ing for the country only for a few weeks during foggy weather.

At the age of sixty-nine Watts married Miss Mary Fraser-Tytler, with whom he journeyed to Egypt, painting there a study of the "Sphinx," one of the cleverest of his landscapes. Three years after his return, he settled at Limnerslease, Compton, in Surrey, where he took great interest in the attempt to revive industrial art among the rural population.

Twice, in 1885 and 1894, the artist refused, for private reasons, the baronetcy that other artists had accepted. He lived henceforth and died the untitled patriot and artist, George Frederick Watts.


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THE MAN AND THE MESSENGER

Having given in the preceding pages the briefest possible outline of the life of Watts as a man amongst men, we are now able to come to closer quarters. He was essentially a messenger--a teacher, delivering to the world, in such a manner that his genius and temperament made possible, ideas which had found their place in his mind. He would have been the first to

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