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Nan (Mrs. Forbes) Watson, Scottish/American Artist, 1876-1966

Nan Watson, aka, Agnes Paterson Watson, Mrs. Forbes Watson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Mrs. Watson came to the to the U.S. in her infancy. She received her early education in Buffalo, NY. She started painting early in her life and when she was 18 she arrived in Paris and studied at Academie Colarossi, later returning to New York where she studied further at the Art Students League with William Merritt Chase. She was married to the nationally known author and art critic Forbes Watson, who was an administrator in the Works Progress Administration's Art Section during the Roosevelt administration.

For many years she had her own studio in New York before moving to Washington, DC. Her first exhibit was at the old Whitney Studio Club, now the forerunner of the present Whitney Museum. In New York she had several one-man shows at such galleries as Kraushaar, Rehn and Wildenstein.

Watson was always interested in painting portraits, fresh fruit and flowers. In 1939, Watson had …