Discover hidden gems in this little-known collection from a passionate collector of late Pre-Raphaelite art.

A great admirer and follower of the Symbolist movement, Cecil French studied at the Royal Academy, intending to become a professional artist himself.

His own career never took off, but his great knowledge of and enthusiasm for the work of his Victorian contemporaries and their later British successors resulted in a distinguished collection built up gradually over a lifetime.

Eventually owned by Hammersmith and Fulham Council, French’s legacy includes important works by Frederic Leighton, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, John William Waterhouse, Edward Burne-Jones and Albert Moore.

Watts Gallery – Artists' Village

Down Lane, Guildford, Compton, Surrey, GU13 1DQ

01483 810235


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Tues – Sun, 10:30am – 5pm
Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays)

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