It's quite an historic moment the Watts Gallery closing for 2 years, the first time in 100 years

Posted by Admin on 28 Sep 2008, midnight

 

It's quite an historic moment the Watts Gallery closing for 2 years, the first time in 100 years. The weekend was a last minute rush with people wanting tours and trying to capture in their memory what it is like now before restoration.The Gallery has managed to give the illusion that she is a grand old lady who hasn't moved from her seat in over a hundred years. A poor sad jilted Miss Haversham with cobwebs on the wedding cake. A last glimpse into a forgotten world. But it has changed quite radically and Mary Seton Watts was no Haversham, she was a dynamic supporter of her husband's work and vision and creator of her own vision throughout Compton. I can't image there being any cobwebs in the gallery when she was around! Restoration is far more 'The Utmost for the Highest' rather than 'Miss Haversham has left the building.'

 

On a personal note it will be strange to be leaving our home of the last two and a half years and we will miss visitors to the Gallery who keep it alive even if they occasionally peer in through our window.