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.
Self-Portrait, three quarter length, wearing a red robe by G F Watts, c. 1853
© Watts Gallery – Artists' Village
- 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 Sothebys, 1979; sold Christie's, 1998; sold Sothebys, 1999; private collection; sold Christies, June 2004.
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