Studio portrait of George Frederick Watts

Date Created



Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, London publisher

D. Appleton & Co., New York publisher

after Joseph Parkin Mayall (1839-1906), photographer

Is Version Of

G. F. Watts, RA, albumen print, approx. 6½ x 8½ in., by Joseph Park Mayall (1839-1922), 1883


F. G. Stephens, Artists at Home, photographed by J. P. Mayall and reproduced in facsimile by photoengraving on copper plates / edited, with biographical notes and descriptions, by Frederick George Stephens (London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington; New York: Appleton & Co., 1884), n.p.


Watts, George Frederick (1817-1904), English painter and sculptor

Date Issued

June 1884

Date Copyrighted

Photograph copyrighted February 29, 1896. Copyright owner and author, Joe Parkin Mayall, 67 Gascony Avenue, West Hampstead, London. Late of 548 Oxford Street, London (Public Records, The National Archives, Kew, COPY 1/423/588).
Copyright description: "Photograph of G F Watts [Royal Academy], in his studio, seated, palette in hand."


The artist seated in the center of his studio, with works of art covering the entire wall behind him.

Is Referenced By

“Our Note Book.” The Illustrated London News 35 (July 12, 1884): 26. "The June number of “Artists at Home” contains portraits and views of the studios of G. F. Watts, R.A., W. H. Thornycroft, A.R.A., W. F. Yeames, R. A., and J. MacWhirter, A.R.A.  Considering that this is a purely artistic work, it is surprising that the artists represented have not exercised a more beneficial control over the arrangement and production of the pictures. . . ."
“The Reader.” The Graphic, issue 767, August 9, 1884. "Part IV of “Artists at Home” (S. Low and Co.), containing the portraits of Messrs. Watts, Thorneycroft [sic ], Yeames, and MacWhirter is now published. The illustrations are fully equal both in interest and quality to its three predecessors."

Jeremy Maas, The Victorian Art World in Photographs (London: Barrie & Jenkins, 1984), p. 68, fig. 124.

Caroline Dakers, The Holland Park Circle: Artists and Victorian Society  (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1999), p. 256, fig. 123.

Helen Valentine, ed., Art in the Age of Queen Victoria: Treasures from the Royal Academy of Arts Permanent Collection (London: Royal Academy of Arts in association with Yale University Press, 1999), p. 159, detail on p. 142.
Benezit Dictionary of Artists, s.v. "Watts, George Frederick," in Oxford Art Online.
Barbara Bryant, G. F. Watts in Kensington: Little Holland House and Gallery (Compton: Watts Gallery, 2009), n.p.


G. F. Watts, Lady Lindsay of Balcarres, 1876-77, oil on canvas (private collection).
G. F. Watts, Britomart and Her Nurse, 1978, oil on canvas (original in Birmingham City Museums) ALBERTINE: Please check date: do you mean 1878?
G. F. Watts, the Meeting of Jacob and Esau, 1878.
G. F. Watts, Cardinal Manning, 1882, oil on canvas (National Portrait Gallery, London).
G. F. Watts, Duke of Devonshire, 1883, oil on canvas (The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge).
G. F. Watts, Paolo and Francesca, 1872-75, oil on canvas (The Watts Gallery, Compton, Guildford)


The online edition of this work in the public domain, i.e., not protected by copyright, has been produced by the Emory University Digital Library Program.




Stuart A. Rose Manuscripts and Rare Books Library, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Omeka record contributed by Albertine Lee

Date Submitted

September 28, 2016

Date Modified

October 1, 2016
November 21, 2016, by LM
January 20, 2017, by LM

Original Format

Photoengraving on copper

Image size

22.09 cm x 16.51 cm
8.7 inch x 6.6 inch

Sheet size

15.3 inch x 10.9 inch


(Printed on the mount beneath the image) J P Mayall Photo | London published by Sampson Low Marston Searle & Rivington 188 Fleet St. | Park Lane Studio London | G. F. WATTS, R.A.


TIFF image, 77.8 MB





Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, London publisher

, G. F. WATTS, R.A.

Cite As

Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, London publisher , D. Appleton & Co., New York publisher , and after Joseph Parkin Mayall (1839-1906), photographer , “G. F. WATTS, R.A.,” Victorian Artists at Home, accessed February 27, 2024, https://artistsathome.emorydomains.org/items/show/16.

Item Relations

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