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Harry Willson Watrous (1857–1940) was an American artist, native of San Francisco. His painting cover stylized figural works, academic portraits, and night scenes. He joined the National Academy of Design in 1895, serving as its secretary from 1898 to 1920. He later became president of the academy from 1933 to 1934.[1] He spent five years in Paris where he studied since 1881 at the Julian Academy and in Bonnat's atelier. He was influenced by Jean Leon Gerome and William Bouguereau and especially influenced by Jean Louis Meissonier.[2]

Harry Watrous
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Harry Willson Watrous

(1857-09-17)17 September 1857
Died10 May 1940(1940-05-10) (aged 82)
New York
Notable work
Lake George Monster

Around 1905, Watrous' eyesight began to fail, and he changed his main subject from tiny genre scenes to idealized female figures.[3]

His wife was artist and novelist Elizabeth S. Nichols.[4]





  • Caldwell, John (1994), "Harry W. Watrous", in Kathleen Luhrs (ed.), American Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vol. 1, Metropolitan Museum of Art, ISBN 9780870992445
  • Conrads, Margaret (1990), "Harry Willson Watrous", American Paintings and Sculpture at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, New York: Hudson Hills, ISBN 9781555950507
  • Watrous, Harry Wilson, Haggin Museum
  • Harry Willson Watrous, National Academy Museum
  • The Passing of Summer, Metropolitan Museum
  • Hall, Anthony (17 October 2014), "The House that Harry and Elizabeth Watrous Built", Lake George Mirror

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