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John Dawson Watson was a painter, watercolourist and illustrator. He studied at the Manchester School of Design and at the Royal Academy Schools. He exhibited at the Royal Academy 1853 to 1890, the British Institution, the Society of British Artists Suffolk Street, the Old Watercolour Society, the Grosvenor Gallery and elsewhere. Painted genre scenes, often of children. His pictures are usually small, painted on panel or board, and show a Pre-Raphaelite feeling for colour and detail. He was also a prolific and notable illustrator, producing many designs for books and periodicals. He worked for Once a Week, Good Words, London Society and others; among the many books he illustrated were Pilgrim's Progress, Arabian Nights, and Watt's Diine and Floral Songs. Works by him are in the Victoria and Albert Museum, Norwich and Liverpool.

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