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Brothers in Art

Friends for forty years, G F Watts and Frederic Leighton enjoyed one of the Victorian era's longest and most productive artistic partnerships. Although both men were celebrated painters, drawing was the skill they most admired in one another. Masterful, personal, and beautiful, their drawings are imaginative records of their artistic ideals and reveal the pair's extraordinary technical ability. Showcasing some of the artists' never-before- seen masterpieces, this exhibition will bring Watts's and Leighton's finest drawings together for the first time.

Study of a Female Head from Raphael's 'Transfiguration'

Study of a Female Head from Raphael's 'Transfiguration'

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Study of a Female Head from Raphael's 'Transfiguration'

Artist: G F Watts

Date: 1828

Material: Black Chalk on Paper

Lender: Part of the Watts Gallery Collection


Study of Rider and Horse for 'Physical Energy'

Study of Rider and Horse for 'Physical Energy'

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Study of Rider and Horse for 'Physical Energy'

Artist: G F Watts

Date: Unknown

Material: Ink on Paper

Lender: Part of the collection at Watts Gallery

Study for 'Return of Persephone': Drapery for Demeter

Study for 'Return of Persephone': Drapery for Demeter

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Study for 'Return of Persephone': Drapery for Demeter

Artist: Frederic Leighton

Date: c.1890

Material: Pencil and Chalk on Paper

Lender: Leighton House Museum, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Bust-length Study of a Youth for 'Earth'

Bust-length Study of a Youth for 'Earth'

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Bust-length Study of a Youth for 'Earth'

Artist: G F Watts
Date: c. 1854-5
Material: Black, Brown and Sanguine Chalk on Paper
Lender: Part of the Watts Gallery Collection
Adopted by the Billmeir Charitable Trust


This drawing is a study for a figure in one of the murals Watts painted for the London home of Countess Somers (née Virginia Pattle), titled 'Earth'. The model for the drawing was Arthur Prinsep. Watts admired Arthur's wild, curly hair and bribed the boy not to cut it. In this drawing, Watts constructs Arthur's halo of curls from three different colours of chalk, all rubbed with a stump of rolled paper, and finished with coils of hair drawn on top.


Studies for 'Antique Juggling Girl': Female Figures

Studies for 'Antique Juggling Girl': Female Figures

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Studies for 'Antique Juggling Girl': Female Figures

Artist: Frederic Leighton

Date: c.1872

Material: Black and White Chalk on Blue Paper

Lender: Leighton House Museum, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea



Study for 'A Story from Boccaccio'

Study for 'A Story from Boccaccio'

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Study for 'A Story from Boccaccio'

Artist: G F Watts

Date: 1846

Material: Ink on Paper

Lender: Part of the collection at Watts Gallery

Two Antomical Charcoal and Chalk Studies of the Right Leg and Foot

Two Antomical Charcoal and Chalk Studies of the Right Leg and Foot

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Two Antomical Charcoal and Chalk Studies of the Right Leg and Foot

Artist: G F Watts

Date: 1840-9

Material: Black Chalk on paper

Lender: Part of the collection at Watts Gallery

Study of a Female Head

Study of a Female Head

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Study of a Female Head

Artist: Frederic Leighton

Date: 1856

Material: Pencil on Paper

Lender: Leighton House Museum, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea