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George Frederic Watts (1817 - 1904)

'All the air a solemn stillness holds'

A915; oil on panel; 34 x 38 cm

Prov: Mrs Michael Chapman, the artist's adopted daughter

Bequeathed by Archibald G.B. Russell, C.V.O., 1958; WA1958.57.9

This was painted in 1863-4 and depicts part of the grounds of Watts's residence, Little Holland House, in London. The title is taken from Gray's Elegy in a Country Churchyard. Watts painted a second version in 1868, replacing the knight with a labourer. The first version was greatly admired by John Ruskin.

Information derived from the The Ashmolean Museum Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.