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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Forest School

20 Jan

De Morgan Collection Talks

20 Jan

Artist in Residence - Open Studio: Louise Grundy

21 Jan

Exhibition Tour: William Orpen: Method & Mastery

21 Jan

Artist in Residence - Open Studio: Louise Grundy

23 Jan

William Orpen: Materials in Focus

23 Jan

Conservation Open Studio

23 Jan

Art Talks

24 Jan

From Hot Jazz to Swing with the Enrico Tomasso Quartet

25 Jan