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- Object: Watchman, what of the night?
Ellen Terry seen half-length in armour clutching sword, looking to left, her face in three-quarter profile. 1881
Etching, printed on imitation vellum paper
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Height: 265 millimetres
Width: 205 millimetres
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- See also Printsellers' Association catalogue, vol.1, p.407. For a signed impression see 1886,1127.100.
The title is a direct quote from the Book of Isaiah. The painting by Watts of his first wife the actress Ellen Terry was exhibited at his retrospective exhibition at the Grosvenor Gallery, London 1882-3 (no.57; lent by William Agnew MP) and the Royal Jubilee Exhibition in Manchester in 1887 and was (?) last sold Sotheby's London, 20 March 1968, lot 111. See Mary Seton Watts, Catalogue, vol.II, p.159. It is now in Smallhythe Place, Kent, a National Trust Property. John Everett Millais had exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1865 a work which shares compositional elements with his work, despite it being of the martyr Joan of Arc (which this work by Watts is sometimes confused). The Millais was (?last) sold Sotheby's London, 10 November 1999, lot 138.
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