Interesting place Watts Gallery, visited recently on a lovely sunny afternoon…………… Left feeling very uplifted and inspired, not only from his painting but overwhelmingly by his larger than life plaster maquettes in the sculpture gallery as seen here. However looking at these images again, and of the gallery itself, thoughts filtered through of Watts himself and what he built here. A large arts and crafts country home away from London life, an art studio of enormous proportions, an art gallery specifically built to display his own works of art and a sculpture studio for his larger than life pieces. An eminent artist of his time, and held in high esteem in his lifetime, did it perhaps swell his ego? Look at the image of him putting the final touches to one of the largest “selfies” I have ever seen.
Actually went to see the painting of Ellen Terry by various artists, but some really wonderful intimate pencil sketches from the time he was married to her. She was one week off her 17th birthday, he 30 years her senior ! She was soon to elope with E.W Godwin the architect………….. good for her I say !!