|One Time West Hill Stalwart Now Displaying In Surrey|
The De Morgan Art Collection resurfaces at Guildford's Watts Gallery
The De Morgan Centre for the study of 19th century art and society used to be based on West Hill but closed in June 2014 along with the Wandsworth Museum which also shared its space.
After five years of endeavour De Morgan curator Sarah Hardy has ensured that the collection of De Morgan artwork can still be seen around the UK. Locally, highlights from the De Morgan Collection are currently on display at the Watts Gallery in Surrey.
Watts famously declared of Evelyn De Morgan that "I look upon her as the first woman artist of the day — if not of all time". Many parallels can be drawn between the two artists’ work, where their shared interests in subjects such as mythology, spiritualism, psychical research and social improvement collide.
Works On Display
The work of Evelyn's husband William is also featured in the exhibition and of particular note are the fabulous golden peacock plate and a large bottle vase, decorated in the Persian style with foliage in vivid blue and green tones, for which he is best known. Of particular note is the shop sign William made to go above the door of his shop in Great Marlborough Street, Soho.
The De Morgan Foundation has worked with local 16-18 year olds to create an audio guide to the exhibition at the Watts Gallery.
August 20, 2019