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“A heaven full of symbols of the planets, the sun and moon, there are winged spirits, and knights, a version of Watt’s painting The All-Pervading, all interlaced with and linked by Celtic scrolls.”
“The breathtaking vision that meets the eyes inside is one of the greatest sights of European Art Nouveau. Standing in the centre, one is surrounded by a host of angels and cherubs, which soar around one’s head in reds, gold and blue-greens, wrapped by never-ending swirls of Art Nouveau Celtic vines of mind-boggling complexity. It is a beautiful aesthetic experience.”
Designed and built in 1896~1898 by Mary Watts, wife of the eminent Victorian artist G.F. Watts, the Grade I listed Chapel is a unique fusion of Art Nouveau, Celtic, Romanesque and Egyptian influence with Mary’s own original style. Watts Mortuary Chapel at Compton in Surrey, UK, is one of the most remarkable Art Nouveau buildings in Europe and – quite remarkably!! – almost unknown. It is impossible not to admire the work, deep symbolism and inspiration that lies behind this beautiful little building.
(George Frederic Watts altar painting ‘The All-Pervading’ has been temporarly removed for cleaning and conservation by the Watts Gallery Trust)
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