O19thnly a week beforehand of the sale, Sotheby’s pushes this George Frederic Watts work in its Victorian and 19th Century art sale:

Sotheby’s will offer one of the best compositions by using George Frederic Watts, ‘England’s Michelangelo’, to return to auction. An excursion de pressure of dramatic energy, Orpheus and Eurydice remained in Watts’ ownership till his death in 1904 while it was inherited with the aid of his adopted daughter Lilian. The romantic problem count number may additionally be stimulated with the aid of the feelings Watts become experiencing following the breakdown of his first marriage to the young actress Ellen Terry, ensuring of their separation after only eleven months. The portray may be presented at Sotheby’s London sale of Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art on 13 July with an estimate of £300,000-500,000.