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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.213
People
George Frederick Watts, British (London, England 1817 - 1904 Limnerslease, Compton, England)
Title
Ariadne
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Ariadne in Naxos / Deserted by Theseus
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
1888-1890
Culture
British
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/230038
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
126.4 x 101.6 cm (49 3/4 x 40 in.)
framed: 146.1 x 121.4 cm (57 1/2 x 47 13/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.c.: G. F. Watts 1890
Provenance
Leopold Hirsch, 1890, sold [through his sale, Christie's, London, May 11, 1934, lot 80]; to [Fine Art Society PLC, London. Sir Edmund Davis, sold [through Christie's, London, July 7, 1939] [via Martin Birnbaum]; to Grenville Lindall Winthrop, New York, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.213
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

"G.F. Watts: framing myths and portraits", website, The Frame Blog, accessed May 14, 2020

"The New Gallery, Regent Street", Athenaeum (May 3 1890), p. 577, p. 577

A. G. Temple, The Art of Painting in the Queen's Reign (London, England, 1897), p. 169

Hugh Macmillan, The Life-work of George Frederick Watts, R. A., J. M. Dent & Co./E. P. Dutton & Co. (London, England and New York, NY, 1903), pp. 134-135

W. K. West and R. Pantini, G. F. Watts (London and New York, 1904), pl. 17

Mary S. Watts, Catalogue of the Works of G. F. Watts Compiled by His Widow, Watts Gallery (Compton, Surrey, England, c. 1910), vol. II, p. 7

Mary S. Watts, George Frederic Watts: the Annals of an Artist's Life, The Macmillan Company (London, England, 1912), vol. I, p. 283

Important Pictures...The Property of the Late Leopold Hirsch, auct. cat., Christie's, London (London, England, May 11 1934), no. 80

Important Ancient and Modern Pictures...Property of the Late Sir Edmund Davis, auct. cat., Christie's, London (London, England, July 7, 1939), no. 94

Paintings and Drawings of the Pre-Raphaelites and their Circle, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1946), no. 101

David Loshak, George Frederic Watts, O.M., R.A., 1817-1904, exh. cat. (London, 1955), under nos. 62 and 133

Caroline Houser, Dionysos and His Circle: Ancient Through Modern, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, 1979), no. 70

Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum: A Summary Catalogue including Paintings in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), p. 133; repr. as no. 77

Francesca Mitchell, "Technical Study of the Paintings by George Frederic Watts in the Collection at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, July 1990), Unpublished, pp. 1-22 passim

Chikashi Kitazaki and Mina Oya, ed., Between Reality and Dreams: Nineteenth Century British and French Art from the Winthrop Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., National Museum of Western Art (Ueno, 2002), pp. 72-73, cat. #4, color repr.

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (U.S.) (New York, 2003), no. 196, pp. 437-439, repr. in color

Stephan Wolohojian, Ingres, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Renoir... La Collection Grenville L. Winthrop, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 2003), no. 196, pp. 450-451, repr. in color

Katharine Baetjer, British Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1575-1875, Metropolitan Museum of Art / Yale University Press (New Haven, CT and London, England, 2010), pp. 273-274, ill. p. 274

Exhibition History

Annual Summer Exhibition, New Gallery, London, 05/01/1890 - 09/01/1890

Winter Exhibition: Works by the Late George Frederick Watts, R.A., O.M. and the Late Frederick Sandys, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 10/01/1905 - 12/31/1905

Paintings and Drawings of the Pre-Raphaelites and their Circle, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/08/1946 - 06/01/1946

Pre-Raphaelite and Early French Symbolist Art in the Fogg Collections, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 01/16/1973 - 02/25/1973

Dionysos and His Circle: Ancient through Modern, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 12/10/1979 - 02/10/1980

Between Reality and Dreams: Nineteenth Century British and French Art from the Winthrop Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 09/14/2002 - 12/08/2002

A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004

For Students of Art and Lovers of Beauty: Highlights from the Collection of Grenville L. Winthrop, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/16/2004

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