G F Watts: England's Michelangelo is a showcase of the artist's most important works, brought together at Watts Gallery to celebrate 200 years since the great artist's birth.
This exhibition will feature Watts's Symbolist and social realist paintings as well as portraiture. Highlights include one of the nation's top ten favourite paintings — the iconic Choosing (1864), which portrays Watts's charismatic teenage muse, Ellen Terry — the vibrant Jeanie Senior (1857-58) and the emblematic The Good Samaritan (1850), gifted to the people of Manchester in honour of the great prison reformer Thomas Wright.
See Watts's celebrated portraits of male contemporaries including the Royal Academy's distinctive depiction of Lord Leighton (1888), adorned in his magnificent presidential robes, and the eccentric poet Algernon Swinburne (1867).
Other masterpieces — many of which have never before been exhibited at Watts Gallery — include the prime version of Love and Life (1884), displayed in the White House, and a newly discovered portrait of Marie Fox (early 1870s), Princess of Liechtenstein and adopted daughter of Watts's great patrons, Lord and Lady Holland.
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