Poet and critic; son of Dr Thomas Arnold; first book of poems published (1849); inspector of schools from 1851; his Essays on Criticism (1865), and Culture and Anarchy (1869), in which he expounded his literary and social creed, were enormously influential. Mrs Arnold records how Arnold and Watts had become close 'through the intercourse held during quiet hours, whilst Signor painted and Matthew Arnold sat for his portrait'. In a letter to Watts of 18 August 1885, Arnold wrote of him as the 'highest and single-minded artist' he knew.
Where to see this painting?
National Portrait Gallery, London
St Martin’s Place, London, Greater London, England, WC2H 0HE
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