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magazines of the time. In 1865 he was elected an Associate of the Society of Painters in Water Colours, and a Member of the same Society in 1870. This Society has been raised by the Queen to a level with the Eoyal Academy. Of his drawings contributed to the So- ciety the principal are " The Duet/* "Book-Lore," "Carrying in the Peacock," and "The Stolen Mar- riage." Mr. Watson is a member of the Eoyal Society of Painters in Water Colours of Belgium, a mem- ber of the Society of British Artists, and a member of the Boyal Cam- brian Academy.

WATSON, Thomas Uenby, ar- chitect, born Nov. 1, 1839, obtained three silver medals offered in ar- chitecture by the Royal Academy of Arts in 1860, and the gold medal, with " The Lectures of the Profes- sors," and " The Works of Sir Joshua Beynolds," for his Design of an Exchange in 1861. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1862 ; was awarded the first annual travelling studentship of the Royal Academy, Dec. 10, 1863; and the Soane medallion of the Royal Insti- tute of British Architects, March 15, 1864. He was President of the Architectural Association in 1871.

WATSON (Lord) The Right Hon. William Watson, is the son of the Rev. Thomas Watson, minis- ter of Covington, Lanarkshire, where he was born in 1828. He was edu- cated at the Universities of Ghtsgow and Edinburgh, and was admitted an advocate at the Scotch b^r in 1851. Ho was elected Dean of the Faculty of Advocates in 1875. In Nov., 1876, he was elected M.P. in the Conservative interest, for the Universities of Glasgow and Aber- deen. Mr. Watson was Solicitor- General for Scotland from July, 1874, till Oct., 1876, when he was appointed Lord Advocate. In the latter year he was created a LL.D. of Edinburgh. He was sworn of the Privy Council, and appointed a

member of the Committee of Coun- cil on Education in Scotland, April 2, 1878. He continued to represent the Universities of Glasgow and Aberdeen till April, 1880, when he was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal, and appointed a peer for life, \mder the provisions of the Act of 1876, as Lord Watson of Thanker- ton, in the county of Lanark.

WATTS, Geoboe Fkedebick, R.A., painter, born in London, in 1820, &*st exhibited at the Academy in 1837. In addition to portraits, he made some historical attempts, such as " Isabella finding Lorenzo dead," from Boccaccio, in 1840, and a scene from " CymbeUne," in 1842. At Westminster Hall, in 1843, his cartoon of "Caractacus led in triumph thi-ough the Streets of Rome," obtained one of the three highest class prizes of JKJOO, and created sanguine hopes for his future career. Having spent three years in Italy, he again obtained, in 1817, the highest honoiirs at the competition in Westminster Hall. His two colossal oil-pictures, " Echo," and " Alfred inciting the Saxons to prevent the Landing of the Danes," which secured for him one of the three highest class prizes of J^SOO, were, with the pictures of Pickersgill and Cross, purchased by the Commissioners. The latter is in one of the conunittee-rooms of the new Parliament Houses. Mr. Watts exhibited his " Paolo and Francesca," and " Orlando pursuing the Fata Morgana," at the British Institution, in 1848, and his full- length portrait of Lady Holland, at the Royal Academy in the same year. *' Life's Illusions," a picture of the class of " Fata Morgana," exhibited in 1841», was followed in 1850 by "The Good Samaritan," painted in honour of Thomas Wright, of Manchester, and presented by the artist to the Town Hall of Manches- ter. For the new Houses of Parlia- ment Mr. Watts has executed one of the frescoes in the Poets' Hall, " St. George overcomes the Dragon,"