COMPTON: THE WATTS GALLERY, WATTS CHAPEL – THE ARTS & CRAFTS MOVEMENT


The newly restored Watts Gallery showcases the work of artist G. F. WATTS. There is also work by his wife MARY WATTS, though that is best seen at the Watts Chapel a short walk from the Gallery. I found material for 3 of my Themes – sundials, mazes** and (stretching the definition somewhat) ‘stone’ marks. Here are examples in the first two categories; I’ll leave the remarkable terracotta gravestones (and their lettering) for another time.

SUNDIALS AT COMPTON

The Garden Sundial

An ususual sundial, now kept inside the Gallery

‘MAZES’ [**in fact LABYRINTHS] AT COMPTON

These apparent mazes are, as Ellen has rightly pointed out in her comment, strictly-speaking labyrinths. The distinction is this:

MAZES provide multiple paths with only one “correct” one

LABYRINTHS which provide a single path to the centre. Here, you should follow the raised rather than the recessed paths to understand how the labyrinth works

A maze labyrinth on the altar front in the Watts Chapel

Terracotta Angel holding a maze labyrinth outside the Chapel, among other elaborate ornamentation

This similar Angel and maze labyrinth was on the other side of the Chapel

3 thoughts on “COMPTON: THE WATTS GALLERY, WATTS CHAPEL – THE ARTS & CRAFTS MOVEMENT

  1. Hello – thank you for these beautiful photographs. Please note that these are not mazes, which provide multiple paths with only one “correct” one, but rather labyrinths, which provide only one path to the center. You may be following the recessed paths which might be why you would call them mazes. If you following the raised path that starts on the bottom of the altar piece and the right side of the angel on the exterior, you’ll be able to understand how the labyrinth works. Please visit veriditas.org to learn more about labyrinths and their role in the world.

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      1. Thank you for the reply. I really do appreciate your beautiful photographs and am happy that you are bringing these images to the world. Please continue your great work!

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