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In the early 1960s she was commissioned by the Council of the Stock Exchange to record the daily life in the Square Mile. Over the next 20 years she was brilliantly placed to observe the enormous changes taking place in the great institutions of the Stock Exchange and Lloyd’s of London. Both were moving from their old buildings into new purpose build establishments designed to accommodate the rapidly developing technology of the modern era. Old traditions and forms of trading and dress were dying out and computer screens and the speed of modern technology were taking over. The City of London was undergoing both a physical and cultural change. Some of her paintings and illustrations of the old Stock Exchange were included in the Stock Exchange Journal and The Times newspaper and she exhibited at the Lord Mayor’s Art Awards Exhibition of Life and Landscape in the City of London. Her City paintings also featured in a set of postcards in the 1960s
She exhibited at the Royal Academy, her first exhibit being Stockbrokers Talking, 1961 (no.681). She also exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Paris Salon and elsewhere. Apart from her City subjects she painted many landscapes and figure subjects.
Frances Watt never married. She moved back to Scotland in 1992 and died there in 2009.
Her 1963 painting Interior of Lloyd’s is in the collection of the City of London Corporation and a 1952 landscape, Park with a Boating Lake, is in the collection of Bruce Castle Museum, Haringey.
|Height||15.00 cm||(5.91 inches)|
|Width||12.50 cm||(4.92 inches)|