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The Drawings of G F Watts


George Frederic Watts was one of the nineteenth century's most celebrated British painters. Yet the thousands of drawings he produced during his career, either as studies for paintings or as independent works of art, have been the subject of suprisingly little research. Watts Gallery holds the largest collection of Watts's works on paper, artworks that represent one of the most complete records of a Victorian artist's development. These range from remarkable copies of engravings made when he was a mere ten years old to figurative sketches drawn shortly before his death at the age of 87.
Elegant, technical, sensuous and ingenious, Watts's drawings offer unequalled insight into a great artistic imagination. Revealing the choices and changes he made as drawings shed new light on his tecniques, compositional decisions, and working processes. This book is the first in depth study of Watts's drawings.

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