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Harry Watson (1871–1936)   BIOGRAPHY

Study of a young girl in a pink dress, circa 1905
Framed (ref: 562)
Oil on board, 12 5/8 x 10 7/8 in. (32 x 27.5 cm.)


Provenance: the artist’s family

Watson was equally talented as a figure and landscape painter, and believed
the two were interdependent:‘The landscape painter draws with more
appreciation of line when he has drawn from life. Unless one perceives the beauty of line throughout nature, there is a commonplace quality in the work’ (Harry Watson, Figure Drawing,Winsor and Newton, 1920s, p. 102). This panel, painted en plein air, probably depicts the artist’s daughter.

Harry Watson (1871–1936)

Painter, born in Scarborough, Yorkshire but lived in Canada, 1881-83. On his return to England he attended  Scarborough School of Art, 1884-88, furthering his studies at the RCA and Lambeth School of Art. While studying at the RCA, he won many medals in gold, silver and bronze, and also a travelling Scholarship to Italy. Watson first exhited at the RA in 1896 and in 1915 Watson was elected to the RWS, in 1928, Royal Western Academy  and in 1932 ROI. He worked chiefly in Wales, Scotland and France, and from 1913 taught at the Regent Street Polytechnic. His work is in the collection of  the collections of Christchurch and Wellington art galleries, New Zealand, Brighton & Hove Museum & Art Gallery and in 1938 a memorial exhibition was held at Leamington Spa Art Gallery.


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