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Self-Portrait Aged Seventeen

Adopted by John and Sheila Dobson

Painted a year before he entered the famous Royal Academy Schools, in this accomplished early self-portrait Watts presents himself as an aspiring Romantic.

Not exhibited until much later in the artist’s lifetime, this striking work was likely intended as a private study. A small pencil drawing is just visible through thin layers of paint in the bottom-left corner.

Oil on canvas
53.3 x 38.1cm

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