The Watts Gallery and Losely Park
- Watts Gallery and Loseley Park |
- Coach Visit |
- Thursday, 29 September 2011 - 08:30 until 18:00
The Watts Gallery houses many of the works of G F Watts (1817-1904), widely considered to be the greatest painter of the Victorian age. Featured in the BBC's Restoration programme, the Watts Gallery is undergoing major renovations and will reopen in the spring. There will be a guided tour of the Gallery. Close by is the Watts Chapel―a unique fusion of Art Nouveau, Celtic, Romanesque and Egyptian styles. In the afternoon, a visit to Loseley Park, the home of the More-Molyneux family. The Loseley estate was acquired by direct ancestors of the current owners at the beginning of the 16th century. Loseley House was built in the 1560s for Elizabeth I to stay in. The Great Hall contains exquisite panneling from Henry VIII's Nonsuch Palace, a minstrel's gallery, carvings by Grinling Gibbons, and a fine collection of royal and family portraits. The award winning Gardens were based partly on a design by Gertrude Jekyll.