Study Day: Mary Watts: Victorian Progressive and Artistic Visionary

Study Day: Mary Watts: Victorian Progressive and Artistic Visionary

Monday 7 November

11 am - 4pm

£45 (includes refreshments and lunch)

Pre-booking required

Clore Learning Studio at Watts Studios

Mary Watts (1849-1938) was one of the most versatile British designers of the later nineteenth and early twentieth century. Join us for a study day devoted to her life and work, led by specialists in the field. Take part in the rediscovery of the many fascinating aspects of Mary Watts's career.

Keynote speaker for the study day will be Murdo Macdonald, Professor of History of Scottish Art at the University of Dundee. Other speakers include Dr Elaine Cheasley Paterson, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art History at Concordia University in Montreal, Dr Desna Greenhow, who has recently completed a new transcription of Mary Watts's diaries; Patricia Jackson, Senior Sculpture Conservator at the National Portrait Gallery; Dr Lucy Ella Rose, who has recently completed a Collaborative Doctoral Award with Watts Gallery – Artists' Village; Dr Zoë Thomas, who has just completed a PhD on the Women's Guild of Arts; and Hilary Calvert and Dr Louise Boreham, who are currently writing a book on the Compton Pottery.

The study day coincides with the official book launch of The Diary of Mary Watts, 1887-1904 by Dr Desna Greenhow.


Dr Desna Greenhow — Straight to Signor's ear: their interests explored in Mary and G F Wattses' evening reading

Dr Lucy Ella Rose — Mary Watts: Forgotten Feminist

Hilary Calvert — Compton Pottery Grave Markers

Patricia Jackson — The gesso making techniques of Mary Watts

Dr Zoë Thomas — Mary Seton Watts and the Women's Guild of Arts

Dr Louise Boreham — The Aldourie Pottery of Mary Watts and the role of Louis Reid Deuchars

Dr Elaine Cheasley Paterson — Our Lady of the Snows: Settlement, empire and 'the children of Canada' in the needlework of Mary Seton Watts

Keynote Speaker — Professor Murdo Macdonald