Born in Plymouth, she studied at the Plymouth School of Art under Fred SHELLEY and later at St Martin's in London, where she met her future husband John Millar WATT. They married in 1923 and moved to Dedham in Essex. She was specialising in flower and landscape painting at this time. When she moved to St Ives in 1935, she took the Chy-an-Chy Studio overlooking the harbour and her five RA exhibits in 1938/9 were all St Ives harbour scenes.
In 1939 the Watts moved briefly to Crediton but returned to St Ives during the War. Shortly after the War they moved to Chelsea and she ceased to exhibit with STISA, but continued her successes at the RA. A photo of the artist is in Tovey (2003) p277, attending a Walker's Gallery Show. J&G have this artist listed as two separate people, exhibiting earlier and later. Tovey mentions success at the Paris Salon, but there is no mention of her in Benezit or Crespon-Halotier, so not referenced here.
Painter of flowers, landscape and harbour scenes.
works and access
Likenesses of the Artist: A photograph of the artist at Walker's Gallery show can be seen in Tovey, D., Creating a Splash, p. 277, Fig. 3W-2 Access to Work: A portrait of the artist's husband, John Millar Watt can be seen in Tovey, D., Creating a Splash, p. 278, Fig. 3W-4.
RA (19) 1929, her first 1938/9, 5 St Ives harbour scenes St Ives STISA 1936, Touring Show 1938, Autumn; The Harbour, August PARIS SALON
Grant RA Exhibitors, Vol 4
Hardie (2009) Artists/Newlyn & West Cornwall p351 Bibl
Johnson & Greutzner (2 separate entries for same artist)
Tovey (2000) George Fagan Bradshaw - Submariner & Marine Artist, etc. STISA Principal members list p228; (2003) Creating a Splash (Illus); (2009) St Ives/ Social History