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Frederick William Watts (1800-1870) - Late 19th Century Oil, Cows In The Pond

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A charming pastoral scene in oil attributed to the artist Frederick William Watts. The scene shows a group of cattle drinking from a pond under a brooding sky. The scene is very typical of this artist's subject matter and style, with motifs such as the wooden posts in the water seen to the right side and the manner in which the cattle has been rendered. The painting is unsigned, but has been inscribed with the artist's name on the stretchers at the reverse. As the painting has been cut from the original stretchers and relined and stretched, the original signature was likely cut off (possibly due to damage) and the information noted on the back of the original stretchers. A fragment of the original framer's label is still visible at the reverse. On relined canvas.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration. There is some craquelure to the surface. Inspection under UV light reveals some areas of restoration. The canvas has been fully relined.


23.7 x 31.3cm (9.3" x 12.3")
Sheet: 26.2 x 33.7cm (10.3" x 13.3")

Artist Biography

Frederick William Watts was a painter of quintessential English landscapes. Watts was greatly influenced by John Constable, and it is possible that he knew his great idol. For many years Watts was Constable's neighbour in Hampstead and doubtless attended his lectures held in the Assembly Rooms in June 1833 and July 1836. However, it is not known whether Watts and Constable met socially and it has been suggested that Constable was not well disposed towards his fellow landscape artists!
Indeed it was from Hampstead that Watts sent his first works for exhibition at the Royal Academy. These were the first of 76 paintings Watts exhibited at the Royal Academy, which, together with 108 at the British Institute and 65 shown in Suffolk Street indicate that he was a very prolific artist indeed.

In 1879, Sir A. G. Temple described Watt's as having 'the vigour of Constable but with gentler touch'. However Watt's preserved his own distinctive style and colouring. He continued to work thirty years after Constable's death and his work is now enjoying a well-deserved appreciation.
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London have examples of his work.

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Code qr319
Artist Frederick William Watts (1800-1870)
Date Late 19th Century
Dimensions 23.7 x 31.3cm
Medium Oil
Style Realism
Subject Landscape
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