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WATTS'S PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS 175
figure seemed ever standing by his side ready to release him from suffering. His portraits, especially of men, are alone enough to have made his fame. It was his remarkable power of giving the very essence of the person painted that suggested to Tennyson the following lines in "Elaine":
"As when a painter, poring on a face, Divinely thro' all hindrance finds the man Behind it, and so paints him that his face, The shape and color of a mind* and life, Lives for his children, ever at its best And fullest . . ."
In his studio the "Signor," as his friends are allowed to call Mr. Watts, bears a striking resemblance to the celebrated portrait of Titian. His velvet skull-cap, white pointed beard and dark shining eyes under bushy brows, white ruffles about his wrists and neck, the latter always fastened by a knot of scarlet ribbon, make the likeness truly remarkable. Far from the rush of social life, free from the struggle for
* Mr.---------had a portrait of Lord Tennyson. The poet took me to
see it, and was visibly pleased at my not liking it. " No wonder," said he, pointing to the portrait; "that man has neither a brain nor a soul, and I have both."