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      GB/NNAF/P29943
Watts, George Frederic (1817-1904) 

Gender: Male

Other names
Watts, George Frederick (Alternative name)

Functions, occupations and activities
Born in Queen Street, Bryanston Square, London (23 February 1817), son of a piano maker; studied painting and sculpture informally under William Behnes (from c 1827), and then at the Royal Academy Schools (1835); set up his own studio at 14 Clipstone Street (by 1837); began exhibiting at the Royal Academy (from 1837); drew and made lithographs for Nicholas Wanostrocht ("Felix"); began to receive commissions for portraits and then won a prize for cartoons on subjects English history (1842); travelled in Italy and studied frescoes; won a further competition organized by the Westminster Palace commissioners (1847); lived with Henry and Sara Prinsep in Little Holland House, Kensington (1851-1875); married Ellen Terry (February 1864), they parted (1865) and were divorced (1877); took up sculpture (late 1860s); built and opened a gallery at his home in Melbury Road, London (1881); twice refused a baronetcy (1885 and 1894); married as his second wife Mary Fraser Tytler (1886); settled at Limnerslease, Compton, Surrey (1891); OM (1902); died in London (1 July 1904); buried at Compton

Thesaurus
PAINTERS
PORTRAITISTS
SCULPTORS

Relationships
Family relationship with Watts, Mary Seton (1849-1938)
Second wife


Archival Resources
Number noted: 85

Letters (2) to William Downing at the Chaucer Head Library and Bookshop, Birmingham, 12th, 14th/1/?
Held at: Birmingham City Archives
Document reference: MS 1366/B/2 p106-107

Letters to Sir J T Middlemore, 1897-1900
Held at: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Document reference: Prints and Drawings Dept. Sol.15:55

Biographical notes, by Mrs M S Campbell [Typewritten], nd
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add. 49525 B f. 149
Comments: Access by appointment only

Correspondence with W E Gladstone, 1858-97
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add MSS 44391-525 passim

Letter to A J Mundella, 1875
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add. 70951 f. 95
Comments: Access by appointment only

Letter to A Panizzi, 1856
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add. 70845 f. 81
Comments: Access by appointment only

Letter to A Panizzi, 1857
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add. 70846 f. 122
Comments: Access by appointment only

Letter to Bp W Boyd Carpenter, 188
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add. 46723 f. 56
Comments: Access by appointment only

Letter to C H Shannon, 1900
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add. 58090 f. 31
Comments: Access by appointment only

Letter to C T Newton, 1868
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Eg. 3677 f. 436
Comments: Access by appointment only

Letter to F G Stephens, 1884
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add. 41567 f. 103

Letter to G F Watts from M T Mundella, 1879
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add. 70951 f. 98
Comments: Access by appointment only

Letter to H Cole, 1862
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add. 49458 f. 143
Comments: Access by appointment only

Letter to Lady (Walburga) Paget, 1903
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add. 51239 B f. 30
Comments: Access by appointment only

Letter to Lady Colvile, 1876
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add. 60634 f. 139
Comments: Access by appointment only

Letter to Lord Avebury, 1902
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add. 49669 f. 79
Comments: Access by appointment only

Letter to M J Guest [Printed with Ms additions], 1892
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add. 57939 f. 70
Comments: Access by appointment only

Letter to Macmillan and Co, 1890
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add. 61896 f. 178
Comments: Access by appointment only

Letter to Mary, Countess Lovelace, 1882
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add. 72095 f. 39
Comments: Access by appointment only

Letter to Miss Anderson, 1886
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add. 42577 f. 287
Comments: Access by appointment only

Letter to Miss Courtenay, c 1850-1863
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add. 54316 f. 409
Comments: Access by appointment only

Letter to Miss Liddell, 1873
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add. 46359 A f. 210
Comments: Access by appointment only

Letter to Mrs M Mackail, 1879
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add. 54316 f. 411
Comments: Access by appointment only

Letter to R Browning, 1875
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add. 70951 f. 93
Comments: Access by appointment only

Letter to Sir C Dilke, 1872
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add. 43909 f. 323
Comments: Access by appointment only

Letter to Sir W Wallis, 1887
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add. 46723 f. 54
Comments: Access by appointment only

Letter to [E Rhys?], 1894
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Eg. 3248 f. 75
Comments: Access by appointment only

Letter, 1872
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add. 70847 f. 139
Comments: Access by appointment only

Letters to G J Howard, 1885
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add. 44491 ff. 236, 238
Comments: Access by appointment only

Letters to G M Fortescue concerning a commission to paint the latter and his wife, 1865
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add 69367 ff. 132, 134

Letters to Lady C Schreiber, 1884
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add. 57934 ff. 105, 110
Comments: Access by appointment only

Letters to Lady Dilke, 1872, 1884
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add 43908 ff. 6, 102

Letters to Mrs W E Gladstone, 1874, 1893
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add. 46228 f. 85; Add. 46229 f. 105
Comments: Access by appointment only

Photograph [Postcard], nd
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add. 54316 f. 407
Comments: Access by appointment only

Signature, 1888
Held at: British Library, Manuscript Collections
Document reference: Add. 50149 f. 7b
Comments: Access by appointment only

Letters (18) from Watts, mainly to Edward and Georgiana Burne-Jones, 1880s-1890s
Held at: Cambridge University: Fitzwilliam Museum
Document reference: Burne-Jones Papers
Comments: Papers listed

Letters to F H W and Eveleen Myers, 1875-1902
Held at: Cambridge University: Trinity College Library
Document reference: Myers MSS

Letters (1 vol) from regarding portrait of John Stuart Mill; letters (2) to Kerrison Preston regarding G F Watts, 1873-1906; 1966-1968
Held at: City of Westminster Archives Centre
Document reference: Acc 365 [uncatalogued]; Acc 988/64

Description of Mahomet sent to Watts, with comments, by T Carlyle, 8/6/1867
Held at: Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections
Document reference: AAF (Carlyle, 78)

Letter assuring Professor Marshall of his vote, and hoping that he will succeed, 26/4/1873
Held at: Exeter University Library (Special Collections)
Document reference: Marshall Papers 24
Comments: Papers listed

Letters (11) to H B Bruce, 1863-1892
Held at: Glamorgan Record Office
Document reference: D/D Br 161

Letters (2) to Sir William Stirling-Maxwell relating to his portrait of [J L] Motley, 14/7/1860, 16/7/1860
Held at: Glasgow City Archives
Document reference: T-SK 29/10/276-277

Letters (79) to Brian Hatton and his parents, 1898-1916
Held at: Herefordshire Record Office
Document reference: AD3

Property documentation: 14 Clipstone Street: ground plan of the property, usually 1:120, and leasing details,
Held at: Howard de Walden Estates Ltd

Letters (58), 1848-1903
Held at: Huntington Library
Other information: Guide to Literary MSS 1979

Correspondence (102) Watts and his wife Mary with Frederic Leighton,
Held at: Kensington and Chelsea Libraries and Arts Service
Document reference: LH/1-6

Letters (3, copies) from Watts to Lady Lindsay and Mrs and Dean Milman, 1865
Held at: Kensington and Chelsea Libraries and Arts Service
Document reference: 18531-33

Letters (5) from Watts and his wife Mary to Mr and Mrs C Rogers of Stranage Park, Radnor relating to a commission, 1892-[1895]
Held at: Kensington and Chelsea Libraries and Arts Service
Document reference: 21236-40

Letters to Edmund Gosse, 1882-98
Held at: Leeds University Library, Special Collections
Document reference: Library Publications no 3

Letter to Samuel Barnett regarding family matters, nd
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
Document reference: LMA/4266/A/160

Letter to the 4th Marchioness of Bath on her portrait then in progress, c1861-1865
Held at: Longleat House
Document reference: Longleat Archive
Comments: By appointment only

Letters (11) from, relating to the setting up and running of Manchester Art Museum,
Held at: Manchester Art Gallery
Document reference: Horsfall Papers

Autograph letter(s) to Robert Crozier,
Held at: Manchester University: John Rylands Library
Comments: Auctioneer's catalogue description available

Letters (80) to M H Spielmann, 1885-1903
Held at: Manchester University: John Rylands Library
Document reference: Eng MS 1301

Letters, mainly to Manchester City Art Gallery, 1877-95
Held at: Manchester University: John Rylands Library
Document reference: Eng MS 1226

Copies of letters (11) to him from George A Ambrose, Charles L Eastlake and Hawes Turner relating to his gifts to the National Gallery, and especially the copyright of his pictures at the Gallery, 1881, 1885, 1897, 1899, 1900
Held at: National Gallery Libraries and Archive
Document reference: NG6/7, 10, 21-23
Comments: Access by appointment with the Archivist

Copies of letters (4) to his widow relating to her offers of pictures by him to, and to preventing copies being made of his pictures in, the National Gallery, 1904, 1905, 1911
Held at: National Gallery Libraries and Archive
Document reference: NG6/25, 27
Comments: Access by appointment with the Archivist

Copy of letter from Ralph Wornum accepting his donation of a picture of a Knight of Malta, 2 July 1861
Held at: National Gallery Libraries and Archive
Document reference: NG6/2
Comments: Access by appointment with the Archivist

Letter from G F Watts regarding infringement of copyright, 1900
Held at: National Gallery Libraries and Archive
Document reference: NG7/250/1900
Other information: Handlist: Letters read at Board Meetings NG7
Comments: Access by appointment with the Archivist

Letters from G F Watts offering some of his works; and receipt for works, 1897,1899, 1900
Held at: National Gallery Libraries and Archive
Document reference: NG7/209/1897; NG7/239//1899; NG7/249/1900
Other information: Handlist: Letters read at Board Meetings NG7
Comments: Access by appointment with the Archivist

Correspondence,
Held at: National Portrait Gallery Archive

Letters,
Held at: National Portrait Gallery Archive
Document reference: 18-B-5 and 17-E-4

Letters to Lady Paulina Trevelyan,
Held at: Newcastle upon Tyne University: The Robinson Library
Document reference: WCT

Letters from,
Held at: Northamptonshire Record Office

Correspondence with Ida and Una Taylor,
Held at: Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts
Document reference: MS Eng lett c 2

Correspondence with Thomas Woolner,
Held at: Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts
Document reference: MSS.Don.e.87
Other information: Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford (1991)

Correspondence,
Held at: Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts
Document reference: MS Eng lett d 275, e 116, 118, 133

Letters from Watts and his wife, 1871-1912
Held at: Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts
Document reference: MS.Eng.lett.e.133
Other information: Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford (1991)

Letters from,
Held at: Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts
Document reference: MS.Acland d.71
Other information: Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford (1991)

Letters to H O Coxe, Bodley's Librarian,
Held at: Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts
Document reference: MSS.Don.d.144-5
Other information: Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford (1991)

Letters to Henry Bruce, Baron Aberdare,
Held at: Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts
Document reference: MS.Eng.lett.d.246
Other information: Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford (1991)

Letters to Ruskin, c1888
Held at: Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts
Document reference: MSS.Eng.lett.c.50
Other information: Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford (1991)

Letters to Selwyn Image,
Held at: Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts
Document reference: MS.Eng.lett.d.141
Other information: Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford (1991)

Letters to Sir Henry Taylor,
Held at: Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts
Document reference: MSS.Eng.lett.d.16
Other information: Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford (1991)

Letters to Watts and his wife, 1870-1905
Held at: Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts
Document reference: MS.Eng.lett.d.275, e.116, 118
Other information: Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford (1991)

Letters to Earl of Wemyss, 1859
Held at: Private
Document reference: NRA(S)0208

Letter to E T Cook regarding John Ruskin's burial in Westminster Abbey,
Held at: Ruskin Library
Document reference: L 66
Comments: Access by appointment, Handlist available, Collection formerly held at Ruskin Galleries, Bembridge School, Isle of Wight

Letter to 1st Earl of Wharncliffe, 1878
Held at: Sheffield Archives
Document reference: WHM 418
Comments: Access by appointment

Papers relating to involvement with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings,
Held at: Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
Comments: Access by appointment

Note from him (part of Cely-Trevillian Collection), 1860
Held at: Society of Antiquaries of London
Document reference: MS 444/17, p110

Death duty accounts, 1904-1907
Held at: The National Archives: Public Record Office
Document reference: IR 59/235

Papers relating to his bequest to the Royal Academy, 1905
Held at: The National Archives: Public Record Office
Document reference: IR 62/188

Letter from, to Dominic Colnaghi, 1858
Held at: Victoria & Albert Museum, National Art Library
Document reference: MSL/1903/9000/149
Comments: Access by appointment

Letter from, to Sir Edward Poynter, 1900
Held at: Victoria & Albert Museum, National Art Library
Document reference: MSL/1999/2/2483
Comments: Access by appointment

Correspondence, notebooks and sketchbooks, 1847-1904
Held at: Watts Gallery


Date of creation: 07 November 2002, 14:42:55