Echo, that huge picture by Watts, painted whilst he was resident in Italy was taken down

Posted by Admin on 27 Oct 2008, midnight

 

This week Echo, that huge picture by Watts, painted whilst he was resident in Italy was taken down from the wall. Or to put it more accurately it was de-installed from its fixed position. For Echo, like the The Guelphs and the Ghibellines is a painting too large to fit into the gallery in normal circumstances so a special fixing for them was made in the 1940s. They were boxed in. I have always felt that they looked rather uncomfortable spilling over the picture rail and dominated the wall creating niches on either side.

Furthermore, they were not added until well after Mary Watts’s death. I believe the wall is much more suitable for pictures now. This also allowed us to open the picture slot which will be used to take Echo back to the Tate to whom it belongs. It looks really remarkable seeing through the long narrow slot, the outside from inside and the inside from outside. Mary really thought about pictures and how the gallery had to work.