G. F. Watts’s Other Hope (1891)
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The work of George Frederic Watts affords an ideal case for the study of replication. From the 1860s onward he often painted different versions of the same composition with differing formats, media, color schemes, and details. This chapter examines the painting Hope of 1891 from the earliest incarnation of the subject exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1886; on loan to the Watts Gallery to its immediate replication in a second version and several others in different media. Watts acquired a following among Northern businessmen, such as Charles Rickards and William Carver of Manchester and James Smith of Liverpool. In 1884 Watts attained greater international recognition with the staging of a one-artist show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and a request to contribute to the gallery of artists’ self-portraits at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. In April 1886, armed with her introduction from Brooke, Ann Budgett visited Watts’s studio-house on Melbury Road in Kensington.