Sunday, 11 December 2016

Watt's in the Gallery?


Thanks for popping in.

After a jolly good mooch round the Watts Gallery - Artists Village, it's time for a cuppa and a cheese scone. Well we all need a rest!

That's better! Right, off to the Gallery.

We have visited the de Morgan exhibition before in previous posts, doesn't it look wonderful though.

We've also visited George Watts' wonderful paintings before.

Portraits next to an interesting door
Hope - one of Watts' most famous paintings showing blind Hope sitting on a globe, straining to hear the sound from a lyre which has only one string left.
A new acquisition to the Gallery is this beautiful portrait of a legendary Victorian beauty Violet Lindsay accompanied by some of her own excellent pencil portraits.

Tennyson with his dog towers above us in the sculpture gallery.

The other current exhibition is called Untold Stories:British Art from Private Collections - paintings which belong to art collectors with a connection to the gallery. These paintings couldn't be photographed but the lenders had included the story of how they had come into their possession. It was great to see the pictures not usually exhibited publicly, some by Rossetti, Waterhouse, Singer Sargent.

There's so much to see in Compton, in fact I was there for 5 hours! Next year is a special year as it's 200 years since Watts' birth so there are bound to be a few special events.

No doubt, like The Terminator, I'll be back.


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