Talk at The Grolier Club

“An Artists’ Village, Compton, England: A Center of Nineteenth Century Art and
Design”, Lecture by Richard Ormond and Perdita Hunt

Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 6 p.m.

The Grolier Club
47 East 60th Street
New York,

Sponsored by the William Morris Society in the United States

G. F. Watts, OM, RA and Mary Seton Watts were bright lights in Victorian art and
the Arts and Crafts movement. These two creative artists left a great legacy in
Compton, Surrey–a splendid Ernest George house and studios, an ornate cemetery
chapel (considered by many to be a fin-de-siecle masterpiece), a pottery which
was a center for social enterprise, and the remarkable Watts Gallery, the only
purpose-built art gallery for a single professional artist as well as a hostel
for apprentice ceramicists. The Watts Gallery has just been restored and
re-opened by HRH The Prince of Wales to universal acclaim.

Richard Ormond CBE, Chairman of the Watts Gallery Trust, and Perdita Hunt, the Gallery
Director, who together have led the restoration and the renaissance of this
artists’ village and national museum, will describe the founders’ lives, ethos,
and vision, and how this translates into the 21st century and

Tickets $12 for members of the William Morris Society, $18 for
others. To order go to the William Morris Society’s website:

or send a check to:
William Morris Society
Box 53263
Washington, DC 20009


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