Commentators have been dismissive of Russell Barrington. Ronald Chapman
calls him a husband of inferior powers.
Chapman, Ronald. The Laurel and the Thorn: A Study of G.F. Watts. Faber and Faber.
says he was a rich, amiable nonentity: always as clay in her hands.
Blunt, Wilfrid Jasper Walter. ’England’s Michelangelo’. H. Hamilton.
She met him again through their mutual friend Mrs Nassau Senior
. Watts's biographer Ronald Chapman
suggests that Watts needed Barrington as a mirror to show him his reflection, to present to him an encouraging...
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Chapman, Ronald. The Laurel and the Thorn: A Study of G.F. Watts. Faber and Faber, 1945.