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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De Morgan Collection Talks

17 Sep

Meet Artists from the Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts

17 Sep

Permanent Collection Tours

18 Sep

Conservation Open Studio

19 Sep

Art Talks

20 Sep

The Make Space

22 Sep

Limnerslease Tours

until
22 Sep

Forest School

23 Sep

Exhibition Tour: John Frederick Lewis: Facing Fame

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24 Sep