Best of our collection went north to the Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate with the G F Watts: Victorian Visionary exhibition

Posted by Admin on 11 Nov 2009, midnight

 


Last week, much of the best of our collection went north to the Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate with the G F Watts: Victorian Visionary exhibition. The gallery itself is a Victorian gem in the centre of the spa town and the show, I am sure, will look very good there. It will be so good to see the paintings again rather than in storage.
 
My hope is that it will find a new audience for G F Watts in the north of England. They were last shown there in Newcastle in 1905 as a leg of his memorial exhibition organized by Mary Watts. At that time, the response was wholeheartedly enthusiastic. Today Watts may divide a contemporary audience, yet one thing is for certain, there is always something in Watts’s output that any visitor will be engaged by.