Frederick William Watts (1800 - 1870)
October 7, 1800
July 4, 1870
Frederick William Watts (1800 - 1870) was English painter of quintessential landscapes. He was greatly influenced by John Constable. For many years Watts was Constable’s neighbour in Hampstead and doubtless attended his lectures held in the Assembly Rooms in June 1833 and July 1836. Both Constable and Watts were determined to break away from the traditional form of eighteenth century painting, and paint the effects of natural lighting from nature.
Watts was born in 1800. For most of his life his home was in Hampstead, where in 1821 he established a studio in the High Street. Watts remained in Hampstead for 10 years before moving to Camden Town in 1831 and finally to Haverstock Hill seven years later, where he spent the remaining 32 years of his life. Watts travelled extensively through England and Wales, and also for a period of time on the Continent.