G.F. Watts: The Last Great Victorian (2004)
Artist(s): G.F. Watts
Author(s): Veronica Franklin Gould
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 2004
Publisher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 458
Illustrations: Profusely illustrated
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.
Condition: creasing to dustwrapper edges, otherwise very good.
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