The Haslemere Greats – George Frederic Watts

Tuesday 21st May 11am

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This talk is at The Haslemere Museum
George Watts was one of the highest-minded of Victorians, producing allegorical paintings, which addressed the great themes of humanity such as hope, love, greed and death. His images were among the best-known of the late nineteenth-century, both in Britain and around the world – reproductions of them were to be found in modest homes, while the originals took prominent places in great institutions such as the Tate Gallery and St Paul’s Cathedral.
Now that the Watts Gallery at Compton is succeeding in reviving interest once again in the artist, this talk will look back on Watts’s allegories, especially his most famous picture, “Hope” – and will examine the extraordinary impact of these modern icons, both on the artist’s contemporaries and on later generations.
Our speaker, Nicholas Tromans is a Senior Lecturer at Kingston University. He has published widely on nineteenth-century art, including Watts (Hope: the Life and Times of a Victorian Icon).

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