Sculpture Gallery

Watts only began to seriously turn to sculpture when he was in his fifties and safely established as a subject painter and portraitist. He never actually trained in sculpture, but as a young boy had studied in the studio of the sculptor William Behnes and was inspired by the naturalism of the anatomy, the grandeur of form and the folds of drapery in the Elgin Marbles housed at the British Museum. He admired their storytelling, as each fragmented part of the marbles relates a story from ancient Greek life and mythology.

Watts believed that the best sculpture showed movement and life, demonstrated in his magnificent artwork Physical Energy, among others in this gallery.

Upcoming Events and Exhibitions

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Conservation Open Studio

13 Dec

Christina Rossetti in Song

15 Dec

Limnerslease Tours: The Artists' Home

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16 Dec

The Make Space

16 Dec

De Morgan Collection Talks

18 Dec

Exhibition Tour: Christina Rossetti: Vision & Verse

18 Dec

Russell Jakubowski: Open Studio

19 Dec

Conservation Open Studio

20 Dec

The Make Space

23 Dec