“Walsworth Common” by Jean Anne Watts – Woolgrove Rd, Hitchin, Herts, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bill&ben
N 51° 57.471 W 000° 15.537
30U E 688334 N 5759899
Quick Description: A painting of the River Purwell meandering across Walsworth Common.
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 10/14/2014 7:13:13 AM
Waymark Code: WMMNDG
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
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Long Description:

The biography of Jean Watts is taken from the sleeve of her book “A Silent Muse”.


“Jean Watts was born in 1926 into an army family. She had one elder sister and her father was an officer in the Royal Artillery. Jean spent several years in Egypt, but eventually settled in East Sussex, where she worked for the local authority. A gifted artist in both oils and watercolours, and member of several art clubs, she exhibited paintings in various galleries, including the Royal Watercolour Society. As well as being an avid book collector, Jean was fond of writing and had several publications to her name, including a short biography of Theodore Kern, a well-known artist, and a comprehensive history of Hitchin Art Club. Married with three sons, she lived for many years in Hertfordshire but returned to East Sussex in 2004 and passed away in April 2011.”


There are several bridges across the river, but the one in the painting is close to a Grade II listed thatched cottage (91), on the right of the picture. The painter would have placed her easel on the bank of the river, which veers to the left, just below the bottom of the picture. The picture, in oil on board, is in the Hitchin Museum and Art Gallery collection. It was painted in 1964.

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Artist: Jean Anne Watts

Date of Painting: 1/1/1964

Date of Your Photograph: 10/14/2014

Medium of Painting: Oil on board

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