George Fiddes Watt

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Not to be confused with George Frederic Watts.
George Fiddes Watt
Born 15 February 1873
Died 22 November 1960
Nationality Scottish
Education Gray's School of Art
Royal Scottish Academy
Known for Portrait painting, engraving
Notable work H.H. Asquith, A.J. Balfour...
Elected Royal Society of Arts

George Fiddes Watt (15 February 1873 – 22 November 1960) was a Scottish portrait painter and engraver.


Watt studied art at Gray's School of Art, Edinburgh and the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.[1] He was elected to the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) in 1924 and received an honorary LL.D. degree from the University of Aberdeen in 1955.[1][2]

Watt was sculpted by Henry Snell Gamley in 1912, Watt's son Albert having been sculpted by Gamley four years previously.[3] A bronze statue of Watt by Thomas Bayliss Huxley-Jones, made in 1942, is in Aberdeen.[4]


Watt's large output includes paintings of many the famous people of his time in Britain.[2] An exception among the many portraits is a landscape, J. P. Inverarity Mauled by a Lioness, Somaliland .[5]



Mezzotint engravings[edit]

Collections and exhibitions[edit]

Watt's work was exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1906 to 1930. His portrait of his mother is in the Tate Gallery's collection.[1]


His third son, Alexander Stuart Watt (1909–1967) was a journalist based in Paris. Alastair Fiddes Watt (b. 1954) is also a landscape painter.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "George Fiddes Watt". Tate Gallery. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Family of Alastair Fiddes Watt: George Fiddes Watt RSA RP LLD". 2001–2007. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851–1951
  4. ^ "George Fiddes Watt, 1942". Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Watt, George Fiddes (1901). "J. P. Inverarity Mauled by a Lioness, Somaliland". BBC. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Walker, Sir Emery, after (George) Fiddes Watt (early 20th century). "(George) Fiddes Watt, Portrait Painter". Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, photogravure. National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 6 October 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ Watt, George Fiddes. "Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Falloden (1862–1933) Foreign Secretary". Government Art Collection. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Thomas Martin Lindsay, portrait by George Fiddes Watt at, accessed 19 June 2013
  9. ^ Macbeth-Raeburn, Henry (artist); Watt, George Fiddes (engraver) (1917). "Robert Bannatyne Finlay, 1st Viscount Finlay (1842–1929), Lord Chancellor". Government Art Collection. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 


  • Chamot, Mary; Farr, Dennis; Butlin, Martin. The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II.
  • Sutherland, D.M. (2004–2011). "Fiddes Watt, Index no 101036779". Watt, (George) Fiddes (1873–1960), portrait painter. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 

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