James Dawson Watson studied at Manchester School of Design and Royal Academy Schools. From the time he established himself in London in 1860, he worked as an illustrator and watercolourist following in the footsteps of his brother-in-law and fellow artist Myles Birket Foster. He contributed to periodicals such as Good Words and London Society, produced a splendid edition of The Pilgrim's Progress for the publisher George Routledge in 1861 and provided designs and illustrations for the anthology English Sacred Poetry in 1862. In 1877, a retrospective of his work was organized at Manchester. He lived at Conway in North Wales, and died there in 1892. — Peter Nahum


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