William Clothier Watts (1869-1961) was Philadelphia-born, and is today most associated with Carmel, California, where he settled after extensive world travel in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, India, Burma, and China. He is said to have always carried a watercolor paint box with him, and one of the results of that is this 16" by 20" unframed watercolor of an exotic scene in India. Included are oxen and their masters, architecture of an ancient city, and many figures. The style is highly impressionistic. Watts is known today principally for his skill in watercolor. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, a student there of Thomas Anshutz, Robert Vonnoh, and George Essig. His works were exhibited at the Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1915, and at the Golden Gate International Exhibition there in 1939. This work though unframed is in excellent condition, the colors fresh. It came recently from a Beverly Hills estate, the owners of the property evidently having come from the Philadelphia or New Jersey area, judging from a number of other items they owned.
William Clothier Watts (1869-1961) watercolor painting of exotic scene in India