George Frederic WATTS (London 1817 - Compton 1904)
View of a Mountain Range
Watercolour and gouache on blue-grey paper, laid down.
70 x 138 mm. (2 3/4 x 5 3/8 in.) [sheet]
The four years that George Frederic Watts spent in Italy in the 1840s were crucial to his artistic development. As Barbara Bryant has noted of this period, ‘Landscape painting first engaged Watts during this time in Italy and it continued to feature in his work ever after…Travel often prompted him to turn to landscape; one visitor to his studio observed that he ‘filled his portfolios with precious memories of foreign lands’…For Watts such landscape studies provided the raw materials for his imagination.’
The present sheet may depict the mountains near Carrara in Tuscany. Watts is known to have made watercolours of the view of the mountains from the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby’s, 3 June 1998, part of lot 196