Self-Portrait, three quarter length, wearing a red robe by G F Watts

Painted in 1853, Self-Portrait in a Red Robe is the only self-portrait of Watts is known to have painted in the middle period of his career.


Oil on canvas
154.9 x 74.9 cm
Art Fund grant:
£35,000 ( Total: £134,500)
Acquired in:

Created to decorate the entrance of the Watts's studio, the painting shows the artist in the red gown of a Venetian lawyer. Watts had visited Venice in 1853, and the city's lawyers had featured prominently in Justice, his grand fresco for Lincoln's Inn.


By descent to Ronald Chapman; sold Sotheby’s, 1979; sold Christie's, 1998; sold Sotheby’s, 1999; private collection; sold Christie’s, June 2004.

Venue details

Watts Gallery – Artists' Village Down Lane, Compton Surrey GU3 1DQ 01483 810235

Entry details

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