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An Artists' Village


This book tells the story of the impact of George Frederic Watts, OM, RA (1817- 1904), and his wide Mary Seton Watts (nee Fraser Tytler 1849- 1938) on Compton, a small village in Surrey. Initially, the village acted as an autumn and winter retreat for the arist and the designer, but became the permenant base for their work and the home of the Watts Gallery, the Compton Pottery with its studios and workshops, and the extraordinary cemetry chapel. A nationally significant site, it includes a gallery that hold an internationally important collection, an Arts & Crafts chapel by Mary Watts, a great studio house named 'Limnerslease' designed by Sir Ernest George, and the Compton Pottery buildings.

More than a guide, this book presents a complete history that will appeal to readers who wish to know the story of a unique artists' village/ It is richly illustrated with new photography, historic photographs and contextual material, which give a sense of the significance of art and artists in the late nineteenth century, and reveal a continuous and living philosophy at the heart of a Surrey village.

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