Frederick Waters Watts (1800-1862)
|Artist Name||Frederick Waters Watts (1800-1862)|
|Title||Landscape with Windmill|
|Description||This superb atmospheric British Victorian landscape oil painting is by Frederick Waters Watts. Painted circa 1840 it a magnificent undulating landscape with a path past a donkey and cart leading towards a distant windmill and dwelling on the coast. Sunshine bathes the foreground with more stormy clouds in the background. The brushwork and use of light and shadow are lovely echoing the impasto work of John Constable. An excellent example of his work and of 19th century art.
Signed with initials lower right.
|Provenance||Inscribed label verso.|
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||36 x 28 inches|
|Frame||Housed in a complementary frame gilt Victorian frame, 43 inches by 35 inches framed and in good condition.|
|Biography||Frederick William Watts' early years have always been something of a mystery. It is thought that he was born in Bath, 7th October 1800 and baptised the following year in St. Albans as William Watts. It is most probable he enrolled in the RA Schools in 1817 as William Watts subsequently changing his name to Frederick William Watts to avoid confusion with the landscape painter, William Watts (1752-1851). He was awarded Silver Medals at the RA School 1819-1821 and exhibited at the London Royal Academy from 1821 until 1862.
Watts also exhibited at the British Institution, Suffolk Street Galleries and at the New Watercolour Society. Watts lived in Hampstead from 1821, where John Constable (1776-1837) also lived, and, some twenty-five years older, was to have a marked influence on Watts’s style. Although it is not known that they ever met, Watts would undoubtedly have been familiar with his work and Hampstead was a relatively small town.
Watts painted landscapes throughout England and Wales, visiting north and south Wales, Derbyshire, Devon, Isle of Wight, Sussex and, of course, Suffolk and Essex. He painted many views around what is now north London and Middlesex and views on the Thames. Watts was highly successful in his portrayal of the English landscape and widely collected in his lifetime and throughout the twentieth century in Britain, Europe and North America. His work can be found in: London, Victoria and Albert Museum and The Tate.