Lot 11
  • 11

George Frederick Watts

15,000 - 20,000 USD
43,750 USD
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  • George Frederick Watts
  • Undine
  • oil on panel


Charles Hilditch Rickards, Manchester (by 1868) 
Kojiro Matsukata Collection, Tokyo
Acquired by the present owner circa 1970


Leeds, United Kingdom, National Exhibition of Works of Art, 1868, no. 1388 (lent by Charles Hilditch Rickards)
Kyoto City Museum, Western Masterpiece Exhibition, February 1 - March 24, 1957
Tokyo, Nihonbashi Shirokiya, April 9 - 28, 1957, no. 65 


"Matsukata collection," Art of Modern, Tokyo, January 1, 1961, no. 93

Catalogue Note

With their origins tracing back to Ovid’s Metamorphoses, undines and naiads were popular subjects in nineteenth-century literature and performance art, and in their compositions artists such as George Frederick Watts and John William Waterhouse imagined them as young women with flowing, golden hair. The present work was formerly in the collection of Charles Hilditch Rickards, a wealthy Manchester merchant and Watts’ single greatest patron. Personally owning fifty-six works, Rickards was highly influential in Watts’ promotion and success, arranging for his paintings to be exhibited in London, Manchester, and Leeds.