WATSON, Harry

1871 - 1936

Harry Watson, was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire on 13 June 1871, son of Arthur Watson, a butcher, and his wife Ellen Hart Elizabeth née Harrison, who married at Scarborough in 1870, there is no record of this family travelling to Canada. In 1881, a 9 year old, living at 102 Castle Road, Scarborough with his parents, 33 year old Arthur and 32 year old Ellen and siblings May 10 and Maria 7. Arthur studied at the Scarborough School of Art 18841888, at Lambeth School of Art and the Royal College of Art 18891894, winning numerous gold, silver and bronze medals and awarded a travelling scholarship to Italy. In 1911, a 39 year old unmarried 'painter artist', living at 40 Guildford Road, Lambeth, London, the home of his uncle Robson Beilby Hart, a newspaper proprietor, and his family. Initially Harry painted in a conventional late Victorian style but he later developed into a plein air painter, whose works exhibit great freshness and spontaneity, reminiscent of George Clausen (1852-1944) and Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848-1884). He typically used bright colours and his loose style gives a strong impressionist effect. His paintings 'Sunlight Reflected Upon a Wide Riverscape' and 'Reflected Light' are examples which demonstrate this use of natural light. Watson was a landscape and portrait artist and exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1896 and was a member Royal Watercolour Society from 1915 and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters from 1932 and taught at Regent Street Polytechnic from 1913. Watson also exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club from 18 Kensington Court Place, London in 1932, a watercolour 'Model Resting'. He was of 108 Upper Tulse Hill, Surrey when he died at Westminster Hospital Annex, Haverstock Hill on 17 September 1936 and a memorial exhibition was held at Leamington Spa Art Gallery in 1938. He was survived by his wife Barbara Campbell née Christian, whom he married at Lambeth in 1926.







Works by This Artist