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George Frederic Watts (1817 - 1904)

Edward VII as Prince of Wales

A888a; oil on canvas, mounted as a drawing; 23.5 x 12.4 cm

Prov: Hon. Clare Stuart-Wortley; Lord Robert Cecil

Purchased, 1956; WA1956.16

Albert Edward (1841-1910), who reigned as King Edward VII (1901-10), was created Prince of Wales soon after his birth. He studied at Christ Church, Oxford, in 1859-60. Watts drew him on several occasions, but found him an unsympathetic sitter. This is a study for the portrait commissioned for the Middle Temple in 1874 (Watts Gallery, Compton). Watts was dissatisfied with the result and reclaimed the painting after it was exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1882.

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