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Friends First View of G F Watts: England's Michelangelo

Monday 19 June

3.30 - 5pm


Watts Gallery

As part of the Watts 200 bicentenary year to celebrate the birth of G F Watts, Friends are invited to join us for the first view of England's Michelangelo, an exhibition featuring a number of the artist's most important works from museum and private collections. Curator Dr Nicholas Tromans will share how this exhibition of Watts's finest masterpieces has been shaped with loans from across the UK.

Highlights will include one of the nation's top ten favourite paintings – the iconic Choosing (1864, National Portrait Gallery) — which portrays Watts's charismatic teenage muse, Ellen Terry — and the emblematic Good Samaritan (1850, Manchester Art Gallery), gifted to the people of Manchester in honour of the great prison reformer Thomas Wright.

Other celebrated creations include the prime version of Love and Life (1884, private collection), given to the American people by Watts and displayed in the White House and of course the iconic Hope (1886, private collection).

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