GEORGE FREDERIC WATTS, O.M., R.A. | Studies for Alfred Inciting the Saxons to Prevent the Landing of the Danes
8,000 - 12,000 GBP
Property from a German Private Collection
GEORGE FREDERIC WATTS, O.M., R.A.
Studies for Alfred Inciting the Saxons to Prevent the Landing of the Danes
oil on canvas
58 by 76cm., 24 by 30in.
The picture is unlined - the artist has chosen a loose-weavy canvas and therefore the weave is visible. The apint surface is a little dirty and may benfit from a light clean. There is a small abrasion to the paint surface in the lower left corner.
UNDER ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT
There are infillings to all of the figures and a horizontal line of retouching through the back of the figure in the upper centre.
The picture is contained in a simple wooden and gilt frame with laureate decoration.
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Sotheby’s, London, 27 June 1987, lot 204, where purchased by the present owner
Painted in Italy in 1846, this is a study for Watts’ monumental picture at the Palace of Westminster Alfred Inciting the Saxons to Prevent the Landing of the Danes. John Ruskin made reference to this in a letter to a friend dated 1849; 'Do you know Watts? The man who is now employed on Houses of Parliament – to my mind the only real painter of history or thought we have in England'. The present sketch has been known in the past as Studies of a Pugilist which may refer to the model having been a boxer or it may simply be because of the musculature of the figures and ignorance of which picture the figures relate to.