George Frederick Watts, O.M., R.A. (1817-1904)
George Frederick Watts, O.M., R.A. (1817-1904)

Head study for Justice, A Hemicycle of Lawgivers

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George Frederick Watts, O.M., R.A. (1817-1904)
Head study for Justice, A Hemicycle of Lawgivers
numbered '8.' (lower right)
black chalk on buff paper
19 1/8 x 12 ¾ in. (48.6 x 32.4 cm.)

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Lot Essay

Watts was commissioned to paint a fresco for the Great Hall of Lincoln's Inn in the mid 1850s, following his conception of a mural of Edmund Spenser's The Triumph of the Red Cross Knight for the new Palace of Westminster in 1852. The Lincoln's Inn project is vast, some 45 feet wide and 40 feet high, filling the north wall. Watts has gathered the great lawmakers and decision makers from throughout history in a composition which depicts 24 named figures, including Solon, Draco, Moses, and Confucius, and ten others, including monks, scribes, and a druid. The present drawing relates to the head of the Prophet Mohammed. Many of the figures are based on studies of Watts's friends.

We are grateful to Nicholas Tromans for his assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.

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