WATT, Amy Millar

1900 - 1956

Amy Millar Watt

As Amy Maulby Biggs, she was born at Plymouth, Devon in 1900, daughter of Charles Maulby Biggs and his wife Emily Pascoe née Barrett, who married at Plymouth in 1897. During 1901-1911 she was living with her mother at her uncle's house in Plymouth, firstly at 22 South Devon Place and in 1911 at 5 Brandreth Road. She studied at Plymouth School of Art under Fred. Shelley and then at St Martin's School of Art where she met her future husband John Millar Watt [q.v.] who attended the same evening classes and they both worked for advertising agencies as staff artists. They married in 1923 and moved to Dedham, Essex where they designed and built a modern house and studio overlooking Dedham Vale to where Alfred and Violet Munnings were frequent visitors. Amy devoted her energies to a considerable output of landscape and flower paintings, using a sense of colour, design and often scale that was self-assuredly modern, yet worked out on traditional lines and a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1926-1935, but exhibited in 1923 'Elizabethan Window' and exhibiting from The Studio, Dedham, Essex in 1927 six works, oils 'Rhododendrons', 'Mary in the Garden', 'Primulas', 'Country Bunch', 'Felgate's Farm' and watercolour 'The Arbutus Tree'. About 1935 she moved to St Ives, Cornwall taking the Chy-an-Chy Studio overlooking the harbour. She exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions 1929-1953, her five exhibits 1938-1939 were all St Ives harbour scenes, also exhibiting at the Paris Salon, gaining an honourable mention, also showing in local shows in Suffolk, Essex and St Ives. In 1939 the Watts moved briefly to Crediton, Devon but returned to St Ives during the Second World War after which she and her husband made their home at Chelsea where Amy died in 1956.




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