G. F. Watts
Person Male Born 23/2/1817 Died 1/7/1904
Born in London. His piano-making father named him after Handel. Married briefly to Ellen Terry, many years his junior. The statue 'Physical Energy' in Hyde Park is his. Leading supporter of the campaign against the use of birds' plumage in fashionable hats, a campaign which led to the creation of the Society for the Protection of Birds. Watts had a gallery built near Guildford for his work, which he opened in 1903. It is open to the public and still displays just his work, which we found of questionable quality. Much more interesting is the chapel, a short walk away, built by his wife, Mary, 1898-1904, well worth a visit.