Reinvigorating the life of a great Victorian artist

September 15, 2014

I spent an inspiring day Saturday at the Watts Gallery in Compton, Surrey at day one of the Gallery’s Heritage Open Days. The Gallery celebrates the work of the artist G.F. Watts and his wife Mary but other artists’ work is also displayed.

Watts Gallery taken in August 2012
The Watts Gallery taken on a previous visit in August 2013

Watts’ nearby home, “Limnerslease”, and his adjoining studios are about to be renovated and I felt privileged to take part in the House, Studio and gallery tours.

Watts House and StudioLimnerslease and adjoining studio

Watts made his living mainly from his portrait work but alongside these produced some ground making paintings such as Hope (a reproduction of this was reputably kept in his cell by Nelson Mandela) and the Minotaur (currently on loan to the Watts Gallery from the Tate). He was meticulous and some of his most paintings took over thirty years to complete. I could identify with this as I am still working on a novel I started in the early 1970s. The Watts Gallery is well worth the visit. Details can be found on their website at:

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk.

Keith Jahans
Editor, Peatmore Press

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Providing entertainment and quality writing

September 7, 2014

Peatmore Press was originally setup to provide entertainment, information and quality writing. Unfortunately, the information aspect of this mission statement has been taken too generally as we are receiving many comments asking about website development and computing. I am afraid our expertise in this area is extremely limited as we concentrate solely on promoting writing and hopefully provide entertainment along the way.

We welcome the comments we get about writing (particularly our writing) and try to answer most of them. Please address your technical questions about websites, blogs and computers elsewhere (you will probably get a better and more accurate reply if you simply type such questions into Google) and note that the word “information” has been removed from the mission statement on the Peatmore Press home page at:

http://peatmore.com