Despite Ellen Terry’s blooming theatrical career, she willingly sacrificed the stage at the age of only 16 to marry G.F. Watts, who was 30 years her senior. Within a year the marriage had failed. A later deed of separation cited “incompatibility of temper”.
This rather tender drawing by Watts shows the young Ellen at the piano. It was formerly in the collection of Watts’s adopted daughter Lilian Chapman (née Mackintosh); who inherited a number of the artist’s paintings and drawings.