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.

The Sculpture Gallery will be closed between 2 May – 27 June for refurbishment for our upcoming exhibition, A Fragmented Legacy: G F Watts and Sculpture. Look out for updates on our website and social media. Thankyou for understanding.

Upcoming Events and Exhibitions

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Digital Limnerslease House Tour

24 May

The Artists’ Village Walking Tour

28 May

Artist in Residence: Sarah Thien

until
31 May

Summer Half Term

28 May
5 Jun

Platinum Jubilee Lawn Party

2 Jun
5 Jun

Digital Chapel Tour

8 Jun

Watts Chapel Tour

until
10 Jun

The Artists’ Village Walking Tour

11 Jun

Pre-Raphaelite Treasures: Drawings and Watercolours

until
12 Jun