George Spencer Watson (8
March 1869 – 11 April 1934) was an English portrait artist of the late
romantic school who sometimes worked in the style of the Italian Renaissance. He was elected a
Member of the Royal
Academy in 1932.
Born in London, Watson studied at the Royal Academy from 1889; he
exhibited there from 1891 and also at the Paris salon
. Retrospective exhibitions were held at the
Galerie Heinemann, Munich in 1912, and
at the Fine Art
Society in 1914.
His work A Lady in Black
(1922) is owned by the Tate Collection
He married Hilda and they had a daughter, Mary Spencer Watson
He died in London and a memorial exhibition was held at the Fine
Art Society in the same year. There is a memorial to him in the north
vestibule of St James's Church, Piccadilly, London.
- Cynthia - circa 1932 - auctioned Christie's London 6 November
- A Cottage Garden - 1928 (view of Dunshay)
- The Adoration - 19??
- The Creation -1921 -Wolverhampton Art Gallery, West Midlands,
- The Birth of Venus - ? - Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum,
- Peter and the bear -1915
- Portrait of Monica Boyd - 1909
- Portrait of Esther Harris - 1904
- Portrait of James Harris
(accountant) and his dog - ?
- The Fountain - 1900
- Sir Francis Eden Lacey, as
Secretary of the MCC, 1928.
- Girl in a Feathered Hat - ?
- Marishka - nude
- The Three Wise Kings - ? - held by Rochdale Art Gallery,
- Nude 1927 - Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, Lancashire,
- Mary, 1932 Oil on canvas, of his daughter [Mary Spencer Watson]
held by the Royal Academy
- My lady of the rose - auctioned by Phillips London: Tuesday,
November 14, 1989
- George Elkington Past Master Quatuor Coronati Lodge (2076) -
- Sir Montague Sharpe - ? - Middlesex Guildhall Collection