Uldra by G F Watts

In ancient Scandinavian mythology Uldra was a fairy who was half-seen through the rainbow of mist and spray above a waterfall.


Oil on canvas
66 x 53 cm
Art Fund grant:
£10,371 ( Total: £17,643)
Acquired in:

This Uldra appeared from opalescent touches of paint in the studio of George Frederic Watts, in a leafy backwater of Kensington. Uldra is one of Watts's most strange and beautiful pictures belonging to a period when he was experimenting with atmospheric effects produced by broken, prismatic colour. It was based upon Lord Leighton's famous model, Dorothy Dene who, when not required by the President of the Royal Academy, gave occasional sittings to Watts.


Mr Michael Chapman; Cecil French; David Gould (1953); Abbot and Holder, purchaed from G.K. Beulah (1960).

Venue details

Watts Gallery – Artists' Village Down Lane, Compton Surrey GU3 1DQ 01483 810235 www.wattsgallery.org.uk

Entry details

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