Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village is an art gallery in the village of Compton, near Guildford. It is dedicated to the work of the Victorian-era painter and sculptor George Frederic Watts. George Frederic Watts OM, RA (1817 – 1904) was widely considered to be the greatest painter of the Victorian era. A portraitist, sculptor, landscape painter and symbolist, Watts’s work embodied the most pressing themes and ideas of the time, earning him the title England’s Michelangelo.
Mary Watts (née Fraser Tytler) (1849-1938) married G F Watts in 1886 beginning a strong artistic partnership. Mary Watts was a renowned designer in her own right, founder of the Compton Pottery (1900) and creator of Watts Chapel.
Discover permanent and temporary exhibitions, the Grade I listed Arts & Crafts Watts Chapel, wonderful grounds, and a fantastic tea room!