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Identification and Creation
Object Number
George Frederic Watts, British (London, England 1817 - 1904 Limnerslease, Compton, England)
Sir Galahad
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
191.8 x 107 cm (75 1/2 x 42 1/8 in.)
framed: 217.2 x 127 x 8.3 cm (85 1/2 x 50 x 3 1/4 in.)
Eustace Smith, 1873, sold; to Alexander Henderson, 1st Baron Faringdon, 1887, sold; through Sotheby's, London, June 13, 1934, lot 133]; to [Fine Art Society, PLC, London], sold; [through Martin Birnbaum and Frost and Reed]; to Grenville Lindall Winthrop, New York, 1934, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Frederic George Stephens, "Fine Arts: The Royal Academy", Athenaeum (May 3 1862), p. 602, p. 602

Tom Taylor, "Royal Academy Exhibition", The London Times (May 3 1862), p. 14, p. 14

William M. Rossetti, [Unidentified review], Fraser's Magazine (July 1862), p. 71, p. 71

Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, William P. Nimmo (Edinburgh, Scotland, 1868), p. 3

Marion Harry Spielmann, The Works of G. F. Watts, with a Complete Catalogue of His Pictures, Fourteen Drawings Contributed by Himself, and Other Illustrations (London, 1886), p. 30

A. G. Temple, The Art of Painting in the Queen's Reign (London, England, 1897), p. 170

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), p. 173-175

L. L. Ewing, George Frederick Watts, Sandro Botticelli, Matthew Arnold (New York, NY, 1904), p. 16

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. 61

Mary S. Watts, George Frederic Watts: the Annals of an Artist's Life, The Macmillan Company (London, England, 1912), vol. I, pp. 158, 188, 228, 328; vol. II, pp. 262-264

H. W. Shrewsbury, The Visions of an Artist (London, England, 1918), p. 56, repr.

A. B. Ramsay, ed., The Letters of H. E. Luxmoore (Cambridge, England, 1929), p. 55

Ellen Terry, Memoirs, ed. Edith Craig (London, England, 1933), pp. 42-52

Catalogue of the...Collections of Paintings...the Late Rt. Hon. Lord Faringdon, auct. cat., Sotheby's (London, England, June 13, 1934), repr., no. 133

"Pre-Raphaelites", Bulletin of the Fogg Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, November 1943), vol. X, pp. 62-63, repr. in b/w, p. 63

Chinese Sculpture, Bronzes, Jades, Paintings and Drawings, Egyptian and Persian sculpture, Pre-Columbian art; selected from the collection of Grenville Lindall Winthrop, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1943), p. 6

[Untitled article], Harvard Alumni Bulletin, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, January 8, 1944), vol. XLVI, repr.

Margaret R. Scherer, About the Round Table (New York, NY, 1945), p. 74, repr.

Ronald Chapman, The Laurel and the Thorn: a Study of G. F. Watts (London, England, 1945), p. 47

Paintings and Drawings of the Pre-Raphaelites and their Circle, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1946), no. 95

Madge Sinker, "Sir Galahad", The Lady (May 17, 1962), repr.

David Loshak, "G. F. Watts and Ellen Terry", The Burlington Magazine (November 1963), 105, pp. 476-485, p. 484

Carol le Brun Danikian, "Early French Symbolists", Boston Herald American (January 28 1973)

Lee Sheridan, "'French Symbolist Art' Timely Museum Exhibit", Springfield Daily News (February 1973)

Denys Sutton, "The Pursuit of Beauty", Apollo (June 1978), vol. CVII, no. 196, pp. 446-452, p. 448, fig. 5

David Robertson, Sir Charles Eastlake and the Victorian Art World, Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ, 1978), repr. in b/w fig. 194, p. 410; text p. 411

Allen Staley, Victorian High Renaissance, exh. cat., Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis, MN, 1978), p. 67

Mark Girouard, The Return to Camelot: Chivalry and the English Gentleman (New Haven, 1981), p. 150 and passim

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. 82

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

Debra N. Mancoff, The Arthurian Revival in Victorian Art, Garland Publishers, Inc. (New York, NY and London, England, 1990), repr. in b/w no. 72

Marilynn Lincoln Board, "Art's Moral Mission: Reading G. F. Watts' 'Sir Galahad'", The Arthurian Revival: Essays on Form, Tradition, and Transformation, ed. Debra N. Mancoff, Garland Publishers, Inc. (New York, NY and London, England, 1992), pp. 132-153, pl. 15

Joseph A. Kestner, "The Representation of Armour and the Construction of Masculinity in Victorian Painting", Nineteenth Century Studies (1993), vol. VII, repr. fig. 14, p. 22, b/w

Joseph A. Kestner, Masculinities in Victorian Painting, Scolar Press (Hants, England, 1995), p. 135

Christopher Newall, The Grosvenor Gallery Exhibitions: Change and Continuity in the Victorian Art World, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 1995), p. 133

Christine Poulson, The Quest for the Grail: Arthurian Legend in British Art, 1840-1920, Manchester University Press/St. Martin's Press (Manchester, England and New York, NY, 1999), pp. 110-122, 140, 242, pl. 111

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. 90-91, cat. #12, 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. 194, pp. 431-434, 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. 194, pp. 444-446, repr. in color

The Forbes Collection of Victorian Pictures and Works of Art, auct. cat., Christie's, London (London, England, February 19, 2003 - February 20, 2003), vol. I, p. 237

Masaie Matsumura, Japan and Victorian England: Interactions, Osaka Kyoiku Tosho (Osaka, Japan, 2012), repr. p. 94

Patricia C. Pongracz, ed., Louis C. Tiffany and the Art of Devotion, exh. cat., D. Giles and Museum of Biblical Art (London and New York, 2012), p. 120, 122, reproduced p. 120, fig. 36

John Swannell, Sir Portrait, Frances Lincoln Limited (London, 2015), repr. on p.93

Exhibition History

Annual Exhibition, 1862, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 01/01/1862 - 12/31/1862

International Exhibition, [Unknown venue, London], London, 05/01/1873 - 12/31/1873

Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 05/01/1878 - 08/05/1878

Winter Exhibition: Collection of the Works of G. F. Watts, R. A., Grosvenor Gallery, London, 11/01/1881 - 04/01/1882

Unidentified Exhibition, Whitechapel Art Gallery, 1887, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 01/01/1887 - 12/31/1887

Winter Exhibition: The Works of G. F. Watts, New Gallery, London, 01/01/1896 - 12/31/1897

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

Catalogue of Works of G. F. Watts, R. A., New Gallery, London, 01/01/1906 - 12/31/1907

Chinese sculpture, bronzes, jades, paintings and drawings, Egyptian and Persian sculpture, Pre-Columbian art : selected from the collection of Grenville Lindall Winthrop, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/01/1943 - 02/28/1944

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

The Pre-Raphaelites: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/04/1980 - 07/15/1980

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, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon, 03/15/2003 - 05/26/2003; National Gallery, London, 06/25/2003 - 09/14/2003; 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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