George Frederic Watts (1817 – 1904)

‘It is no exaggeration to say that the Watts Cemetery Chapel is one of the most beautiful, one of the most extraordinary, original, marvellous and magical buildings in the whole of the British Isles!’- Lucinda Lambton

A wonderful day out with a wonderful friend at the Watts Gallery & Chapel.
With a fusion of styles that just seem to work, the chapel is beautiful in winter but I am sure it will be simply breathtaking in summer with the sunlight caressing its stunning architecture and intriguing interior artwork; so I will definitely be going back! A local and national treasure.

Watts and his wife Mary founded the gallery in 1904, and in 2011 it went through a dramatic revamp that has left it standing proud within equally interesting and beautiful grounds. Whilst the gallery is full of Watts’ more well known works such as ‘Hope’ or ‘Time, Death and Judgement’, I was enthralled by the haunting ‘A Sea Ghost’ and, my favourite piece of all, a portrait of Watts by Charles Couzens that has a most luminous, captivating quality about it.

A Sea Ghost by GF Watts 1887 | Copyright Watts Gallery
GF Watts by Charles Couzens 1849 | Copyright Watts Gallery

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