English Tourism Week: A Pre-Raphaelite Collection Unveiled at Watts Gallery
- Admission : £11.50
This 'forgotten' collection, belonging to the Hammersmith and Fulham Council, brings to Watts Gallery - Artists' Village an array of later Pre-Raphaelite paintings and drawings, including important works by Frederic Leighton, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, John William Waterhouse, Edward Burne-Jones and Albert Moore. This will be the Collection's first museum showing since Watts Gallery Trust undertook its conservation in 2017/2018.
When French died in 1853, he made careful plans for his treasures, working with an advisor who he trusted: Rowland Alston. Alston (1895-1958) was the Curator of the Watts Gallery. Like French he had aspired to be an artist, but following service in the First World War he had come to Compton in Surrey to work with Mary Watts. Alston ran the museum created in Watts's honour until his death in the late 1950s. Alston tried to allocate French's works to places that had some sort of connection with them.