The Watts Gallery is a memorial to George Frederic Watts
O.M., R.A. (1817- 1904), the famous Victorian painter and
sculptor. The arts and crafts movement gallery, purpose built
in 1903, houses over 250 of his works, including dramatic
paintings such as the Wounded Heron, Irish Famine an Orpheus
and Eurydice. The sculptures like Physical Energy, a huge
horse and rider, gained Watts the nickname 'England's Michelangelo.
Watt's wife Mary was also and artist. She designed a chapel
for the new village cemetery. This extraordinary building
covered in Celtic and Art Nouveau decoration id open to the
The tranquil atmosphere of the beginning of the last century
lingers on to provide visitors with a welcome antidote to
the speed of life in the present day.
Located in the village of Compton, sign posted B3000 Godalming,
Monday to Sunday, closed Thursday, 2pm - 6pm summer, 2pm -4pm
The Watts Gallery