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William Watson

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William H. WATSON

Exh. 1899-1915

This artist heralded from the Cumberland area and specialised in painting animals and landscapes.

He mainly painted in oils- using its texture and application in his technique.

A pupil of Landseer and Bonheur, and son of W. Watson Snr. he painted mainly highland landscapes with sheep and highland cattle on rugged mountains, with the mist swirling down the glens.  The rich Victorian patrons commissioned artists to paint these scenes to adorn their newly built villas and country estates over the border.

There are various addresses for him through his career: in 1899 he was listed at Gosforth, Cumberland, in 1904 at Seascale, Cumberland, and from 1907 onwards at Braystones via Carnforth, Cumberland.

William Watson Jnr. exhibited in London 1866-1872, at the Royal Academy and Suffolk Street. His works also can be found in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, Glasgow Institute of Fine Art, the Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, Sunderland Art Gallery, Royal Scottish Academy and the Thomas B. Art Collection, Minneapolis.