This superb oil on canvas portrait painting is attributed to Victorian artist George Frederick Watts. Painted circa 1880 the sitter is John Beck, a fine suited gentleman wearing a gold ring on his cravat and sporting a white handlebar moustache. The
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George Frederick Watts (att.)
Portrait of John Beck - British Victorian art oil painting male portrait

Circa 1880

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This superb oil on canvas portrait painting is attributed to Victorian artist George Frederick Watts. Painted circa 1880 the sitter is John Beck, a fine suited gentleman wearing a gold ring on his cravat and sporting a white handlebar moustache. The stunning detail in his face shows what a master portraitist Watts was. House in a gilt frame and behind glass, 36 inches by 31 inches. Provenance. Scottish collection as by George Frederick Watts. George Frederick Watts (1817-1904) like many eminent Victorians, was educated at home. As a young man he became a student at the Royal Academy where he established his reputation for drawing skills and he made a living as a portrait painter. His liking for the French Symbolists, vigorous brushwork, and saturated colour, suggests that he was more in contact with French art than many other Victorians. Watts was also interested in politics and is associated with the ideas of English socialism that emerged from John Ruskin and were developed through William Morris. He was married twice. Firstly, to the actress Ellen Terry, who he married when she was 17. She eloped with another and after a divorce, In 1886, at the age of 69, Watts remarried, to Mary Fraser Tyler, a Scottish designer and potter, then aged 36. In 1891 he bought land near Compton, south of Guildford, in Surrey and built the Watts Gallery nearby. The museum is dedicated to his work – the first (and now the only) purpose-built gallery in Britain devoted to a single artist – which opened in April 1904, shortly before his death, and received a major expansion between 2006 and 2011.

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  • Artist
    George Frederick Watts (att.)
  • Creation Year
    Circa 1880
  • Medium
  • Dimensions
    H 30 in. x W 25 in. x D 2 in.H 76.2 cm x W 63.5 cm x D 5.08 cm
  • Gallery Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    LU85315099482
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