Posted 6th May 2010
Watts Contemporary Gallery
It is great to see the Tea Shop up and running and brimming full with visitors to the Watts Gallery estate. The tea and the cakes are terrific. Watts himself had some very strict dietary habits, particularly the later years when he was in Compton following the diet of the American doctor James Henry Salisbury, M.D. (1823 –1905) in order to relieve him of his various ailments. He had read Dr. Salisbury’s book, “The Relation of Alimentation and Disease” of 1888 and was a firm believer of his system, as Mary put it, ‘Signor said.
He had made a great experiment, and was following the system of the American Doctor Salisbury. Hitherto he had lived much more on farinaceous foods, always very carefully prepared by his devoted and clever cook. Now she put out all her skill to make minced beef as perfectly palatable as might be, and it became the staple of his food, working in time quite wonders for him. After a few weeks he lost all sense of stiffness and pain in the joints, and, what was of the utmost importance, the circulation became good once more, as Doctor Bond declared when after an absence of some weeks he held his pulse and found it free of that tension which hitherto had given so much anxiety.