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Olympic Achievements: Victorian Monuments and Memorials by G.F. and Mary Watts – GI 23 159 (Face to Face)

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17 July 2024 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm BST

Tutor: Dr Lucy Ella Rose

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Date: 17 July 2024
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Length of Course:
3 Wednesdays
Reference Code:
GI 23 159
Ward Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LH


This three-week course explores ‘Olympic achievements’ through a focus on Victorian memorials and monuments created by artists Mary and George Watts, who lived locally in Compton, Surrey. These range from mass monuments to everyday heroism to a colossal sculpture of Tennyson, including G.F. Watts’s ‘Hall of Fame’ portrait collection and Mary Watts’s work as a feminist figurehead in her community.


G F Watts’ model for his sculpture of Tennyson, Watts Gallery, Compton.

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About the Speaker

Dr Lucy Ella Rose

Lucy Ella completed her PhD at the University of Surrey in 2015, before joining the School of Literature and Languages as Teaching Fellow in 2016 and Lecturer in Victorian Literature in 2017. Her doctoral studentship, awarded by the University of Surrey and Watts Gallery (Surrey) in their first collaboration, supported her research on women in nineteenth-century creative partnerships. These included Christina and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Mary and George Frederic Watts, and Evelyn and William De Morgan. Lucy Ella has worked extensively on the Mary Watts archive at Watts Gallery and assisted the transcription of her diaries for publication.

Lucy Ella specialises in Victorian literature, art, culture and feminism (their connections and intersections), with an interest in late-Victorian creative partnerships, focusing on neglected female figures. Her publications include a monograph, Suffragist Artists in Partnership: Gender, Word and Image (Edinburgh University Press, 2017), and book chapters and articles on Victorian women's life writing, visual culture, artistic marriages, creative circles and early feminist networks.


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