A Life in Art: GF Watts 1817-1904

Watts Gallery – Artists' Village

28 February – 5 November 2017

The exhibition takes a chronological journey through his illustrious life.

George Frederic Watts, Self-Portrait of the Artist in Middle Age, 1879

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of GF Watts' birth, the gallery brings together a selection of his drawings, paintings, sculptures and sketches in order to demonstrate the full breadth of his talent.

The display highlights key moments in his career, from his early days and rise to prominence to his position as a world-famous artist.

Little-known drawings from Watts Gallery Trust's collection make the case for why his contemporary Frederic Lord Leighton declared him as 'England's Michelangelo', while more elaborate paintings are used to provide insight into his creative process.

Don't miss

Among the highlights is the Study for the Figure of Life, in which Watts is able to effortlessly capture the beauty of his muse and first wife, Ellen Terry, in sanguine chalk. 

Venue information

Opening times

Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays)

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)