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The Southeast Sights

Watts Gallery and Chapel

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Updated 05/27/2014

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An extraordinary small museum that's often overlooked, Watts Gallery was built in tiny Compton in 1904 by the late-19th-century artist George Frederic Watts (1817–1904) to display his work. After a major renovation to the gallery, Watts' romantic, mystical paintings are beautifully displayed. His sculptures are astonishing both for their size and the near-obsessive attention to detail. Perhaps even more of a draw, however, is the extraoardinary Watts Memorial Chapel,

50 yards from the museum in the village cemetery. Designed by his wife, Mary—virtually unknown as an artist, then and now, but arguably the superior talent—the tiny chapel is a true masterpiece in art nouveau style, from the intricately carved brick exterior to the stunning painted interior. The museum is 3 miles south of Guildford.

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Down La., Compton, GU3 1DQ, England

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Sight Details:

  • Museum: £7.50; chapel: free
  • Museum: Tues.–Sun. and bank holiday Mon. 11–5. Chapel: weekdays 8–5, weekends 10–5:30

Updated 05/27/2014


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