Early Years

Born in London on 23 February 1817, Watts was the eldest son of a pianoforte maker and tuner. His early talent for drawing was encouraged by his father, and at the age of ten he entered the studio of sculptor William Behnes (1794 -1865) in Dean Street, Soho. This gave him access to the Elgin Marbles in the British Museum, works that would influence him throughout his career.

Watts entered the Royal Academy at eighteen but found the relaxed attitude to teaching uninspiring, attending at first intermittently before ceasing to go at all. Watts first exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 1837 where his works included the much-praised A Wounded Heron.

Upcoming Events and Exhibitions

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Conservation Open Studio

20 Sep

Limnerslease Tours: The Artists' Home

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21 Sep

Watts Tots: In the Frame

21 Sep

Make Festival

22 Sep
23 Sep

The Make Space

23 Sep

James Henry Pullen: Exhibition Tour

25 Sep

Artist in Residence Open Studio: Christopher Eales

25 Sep

Conservation Open Studio

27 Sep

Watts Academy: Sound & Light Interactive Drawings

29 Sep