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Watts Gallery and Artists’ Village We arrived on 3rd February 2015, appropriately enough in snowy weather, but this is not Elena Polenova’s Russia, it is the village of Compton in Surrey. Having designed the catalogue for the exhibition A Russian Fairytale—The Art and Craft of Elena Polenova, we wanted to see her work ‘for real’. This was our first visit to the Watts Gallery and the director, Nick Tromans, kindly showed us around—including the gallery where G. F. Watts’s paintings are displayed, and the sculpture gallery, where Watts’s work includes the maquette of a gigantic equestrian statue. The delightful Polenova exhibition included examples of her paintings, illustrations, furniture and ceramics. We then visited the extraordinary Watts Mortuary Chapel, designed by Watts’s wife Mary just before his death in 1904. Mary Watts, a skilled artist and craftsperson herself, outlived G. F. Watts by 34 years, during which time she continued to develop the gallery and Artists’ Village which is still evolving to this day.
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