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Aberystwyth University
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Display artist/maker:

John Dawson Watson

Born: 1832, UK, England, Yorkshire, Sedbergh   Died: 1892, UK, Wales, Conwy

Painter and illustrator. Son of successful solicitor, father of artist Dawson Dawson-Watson (1864-1939). Educated at Manchester School of Design, 1847-51, Alexander Davis Cooper’s (1820-95) London studio and at the Royal Academy Schools. He was predominantly a narrative figure painter working in oils and watercolour. A talented draughtsman he created, for example, 110 black and white drawings for Routledge’s new edition of ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’, 1860. He received commissions from periodicals such as Good Words, London Society and The Graphic. Exhibited his works at Ford Madox Brown’s (1821-93) house in the 1850s. Occasionally, he designed costumes for theatrical productions. In 1864, he was elected associate of the Society of Painters in Water Colour, becoming a full member in 1869, and, in 1876, honorary member of the Royal Watercolour Society in Belgium. In Manchester, he was a member of the Letherbrow Club.. He painted portraits and contemporary domestic genre scenes, including the local fishing community around Cullercoats, Northumberland, too. At the International Exhibition in Vienna, he was awarded a medal for his picture ‘The Poisoned Cup’ in 1872. He settled in Conwy, Caernarvonshire in 1884, and was a founding member of the Royal Cambrian Academy.

Objects in the collections associated with this artist/maker

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The Crimson Flower PL4747 Prints1860s

The Curate of Suverdsio PL4766 Prints1860s

The Dagmar Cross PL4786 Prints1860s

The Doctor's Fortune PL4770 Prints1860s

The Duet PL4774 Prints1860s

The East PL4746 Prints1860s

The Hallelujah Victory PL4816 Prints1860s

The Heiress of Elkington PL4768 Prints1860s

The Idol Breakers PL4810 Prints1860s

The Moment of Success PL4753 Prints1860s

The Oracle PL4802 Prints1860s

The Prisoner PL4787 Prints1860s

The Sabbath Day PL4748 Prints1860s

The Sea King PL4788 Prints1860s

The Sheep and the Goats PL4767 Prints1860s

The Story of a Xmas. Fairy PL4776 Prints1860s

The Two Voices PL4804 Prints1860s