Arts Everyday Living: An Artist’s Portraits of His Daughter–Who Became an Artist Herself


George Spencer Watson, The Saddler’s Daughter, 1923-1924, oil on canvas, Private Collection


British artist George Spencer Watson (1869-1934) was an accomplished portraitist, immortalizing his sitters with a remarkable realism, evident here in his depictions of his daughter Mary. In The Saddler’s Daughter, she is about 10, proudly representing her father who was a member of the  Saddler’s Company, and below she is a more serious teenager of 17.  Mary would become a sculptor, pursuing the profession of art as well.


George Spencer Watson, Mary Spencer Watson, 1930, oil on canvas, Private Collection



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