Not to be confused with George Frederic Watts.

George Fiddes Watt
Born15 February 1873
Died22 November 1960
EducationGray's School of Art
Royal Scottish Academy
Known forPortrait painting, engraving
Notable work
H.H. Asquith, A.J. Balfour...
ElectedRoyal Society of Arts

George Fiddes Watt (15 February 1873 – 22 November 1960) was a Scottish portrait painter and engraver.


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Watt studied art at Gray's School of Art, Edinburgh and the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.[1] He was elected to the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) in 1924 and received an honorary LL.D. degree from the University of Aberdeen in 1955.[1][2]

Watt was sculpted by Henry Snell Gamley in 1912, Watt's son Albert having been sculpted by Gamley four years previously.[3] A bronze statue of Watt by Thomas Bayliss Huxley-Jones, made in 1942, is in Aberdeen.[4]


Watt's large output includes paintings of many the famous people of his time in Britain.[2] An exception among the many portraits is a landscape, J. P. Inverarity Mauled by a Lioness, Somaliland .[5]



Mezzotint engravings

Collections and exhibitions

Watt's work was exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1906 to 1930. His portrait of his mother is in the Tate Gallery's collection.[1]


His third son, Alexander Stuart Watt (1909–1967) was a journalist based in Paris. Alastair Fiddes Watt (b. 1954) is also a landscape painter.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "George Fiddes Watt". Tate Gallery. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Family of Alastair Fiddes Watt: George Fiddes Watt RSA RP LLD". 2001–2007. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  3. ^ Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851–1951
  4. ^ "George Fiddes Watt, 1942". Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  5. ^ Watt, George Fiddes (1901). "J. P. Inverarity Mauled by a Lioness, Somaliland". Art UK. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  6. ^ Walker, Sir Emery, after (George) Fiddes Watt. "(George) Fiddes Watt, Portrait Painter". Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, photogravure. National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 6 October 2012.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Watt, George Fiddes. "Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Falloden (1862–1933) Foreign Secretary". Government Art Collection. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  8. ^ "William Slater Brown, Lord Provost (1909–1912) | Art UK". Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  9. ^ Thomas Martin Lindsay, portrait by George Fiddes Watt at, accessed 19 June 2013
  10. ^ Macbeth-Raeburn, Henry (artist); Watt, George Fiddes (engraver) (1917). "Robert Bannatyne Finlay, 1st Viscount Finlay (1842–1929), Lord Chancellor". Government Art Collection. Retrieved 6 October 2012.