George Frederic WATTS (London 1817 - Compton 1904)
Watercolour and gouache on blue-grey paper, laid down.
Inscribed Naples in pencil on the verso.
72 x 145 mm. (2 7/8 x 5 3/4 in.) [sheet]
The four years that 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.’
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby’s, 3 June 1998, part of lot 196