Watts, George Frederick
English painter and sculptor, who painted about 300 portraits, including those of the Italian patriot Giuseppe Garibaldi and the English poets Robert Browning and Alfred Lord Tennyson. George Frederick Watts was born in London and largely self-taught. In 1843 he went to Italy, where he studied for three years. George Frederick Watts was a member of the Royal Academy in London and received many prizes and honors throughout his lifetime. An example of his sermonizing, allegorical paintings is Hope (1886, Tate Gallery, London). Among Watts's best-known sculptures is the huge equestrian statue of the South African statesman Cecil John Rhodes in Kensington Gardens, London.
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