• A Model for the Watts Memorial Chapel - George Henry Aubertin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • A Model for the Watts Memorial Chapel - George Henry Aubertin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • A Model for the Watts Memorial Chapel - George Henry Aubertin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • A Model for the Watts Memorial Chapel - George Henry Aubertin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • A Model for the Watts Memorial Chapel - George Henry Aubertin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • A Model for the Watts Memorial Chapel - George Henry Aubertin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • A Model for the Watts Memorial Chapel - George Henry Aubertin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • A Model for the Watts Memorial Chapel - George Henry Aubertin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • A Model for the Watts Memorial Chapel - George Henry Aubertin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • A Model for the Watts Memorial Chapel - George Henry Aubertin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • A Model for the Watts Memorial Chapel - George Henry Aubertin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
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A Model for the Watts Memorial Chapel

George Henry Aubertin

(British, 1889-1970)

Signed G.A.
Terracotta

Conceived and created circa 1910


The Watts Chapel is a Grade I listed building in Compton cemetery (Surrey), which was created under Mary Fraser-Tyler’s – the wife of George Frederic Watts – direction between 1895 and 1898; the inside decoration of the Chapel was completed in 1904. It is generally considered to be one of the greatest works of the Arts and Crafts movement in the United Kingdom.

The Chapel is a gem of local craftmanship and the epitome of Mary’s creative force. From an architectural point of view, the structure is reminiscent of Italian Romanesque churches, while the complex terracotta decorations bring together Art Nouveau, Celtic and Egyptian influences in a highly unique way.

Mary’s project was imbued with the ethos of the Home Arts and Industries Association, which aimed to revive rural crafts to combat the urbanisation processes created by the industrial developments of the late 19th century. Numerous villagers from Compton took part to the creation of the terracotta decorations outside the Chapel; their involvement led to the foundation of the Compton Potters’ Art Guild (1899) and to the creation of the Compton Pottery firm in 1901.

The present terracotta model was created using the same clay and fired in the same kiln which were used for the decorative tiles of the Chapel’s exterior. It was likely made to commemorate the building of the Chapel, perhaps as early as 1906, although it is difficult to pinpoint a precise date of production. The creator of the work was George Aubertin, a Compton villager who was likely involved in the creation of the Chapel’s tiles in his youth before joining the Guild and later becoming the Pottery manager in 1930.

With its reduced scale, the model is a fascinating miniature of one of the most accomplished social and artistic endeavours of the late-Victorian era.

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Gustinus Ambrosi, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Ambrosi, Gustinus

(Austrian, 1893-1975)

George Henry Aubertin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Aubertin, George Henry

(British, 1889-1970)

Michael Ayrton, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Ayrton, Michael

(British, 1921-1975)

Gilbert Bayes, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Bayes, Gilbert

(British, 1872-1953)

Pietro Calvi, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Calvi, Pietro

(Italian, 1833-1884)

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Carpeaux, Jean-Baptiste

(French, 1827-1875)

 Carrier-Belleuse & Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Carrier-Belleuse & Rodin

(French, 1824-1887 and 1840-1917)

Jean-Baptiste Clesinger, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Clesinger, Jean-Baptiste

(French, 1814-1883)

Charles Henri Cordier, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Cordier, Charles Henri

(French, 1827-1905)

Aimé-Jules Dalou, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Dalou, Aimé-Jules

(French, 1838-1902)

Francis Derwent Wood, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Derwent Wood, Francis

(British, 1871-1926)

Alfred Drury, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Drury, Alfred

(English, 1856-1944)

Sir Jacob Epstein, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Epstein, Sir Jacob

(British, 1880-1959)

Pierre Félix Fix-Masseau, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Fix-Masseau, Pierre Félix

(French, 1869-1937)

Sir George Frampton, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Frampton, Sir George

(English, 1860-1926)

Louis Julien (Jules) Franceschi, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Franceschi, Louis Julien (Jules)

(French , 1825-1893)

 George Frederick Watts & Thomas Wren, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

George Frederick Watts & Thomas Wren

(British )

Sir Alfred Gilbert, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Gilbert, Sir Alfred

(British, 1854-1934)

Sir William Goscombe John, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Goscombe John, Sir William

(British, 1860-1952)

Jean-Léon Gérôme, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Gérôme, Jean-Léon

(French, 1824-1904)

Frederick James Halnon, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Halnon, Frederick James

(British, 1881-1958)

Herbert Hampton, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Hampton, Herbert

(British, 1862-1929)

Adrian Jones, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Jones, Adrian

(English, 1846-1938)

Fritz Klimsch, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Klimsch, Fritz

(German, 1870-1960)

Gerald Laing, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Laing, Gerald

(UK, 1936-2011)

Frederic Lord  Leighton, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Leighton, Frederic Lord

(English, 1830-1896)

Andrea Lucchesi, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Lucchesi, Andrea

(Italian, 1860-1924)

Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Mackennal, Sir Edgar Bertram

(Australian, 1863-1931)

Robert Tait McKenzie, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

McKenzie, Robert Tait

(Canadian, 1867-1938)

Ivan Mestrovic, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Mestrovic, Ivan

(Croatian, 1883-1962)

George Minne, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Minne, George

(Belgian, 1866-1941)

Henry Moore, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Moore, Henry

(English, 1898-1986)

Edward Onslow-Ford, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Onslow-Ford, Edward

(English, 1852-1901)

Eduardo Paolozzi, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Paolozzi, Eduardo

(British, 1924-2005)

Pablo Picasso, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Picasso, Pablo

(Spanish, 1881-1973)

Enzo Plazzotta, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Plazzotta, Enzo

(Italian, 1921-1981)

Hiram Powers, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Powers, Hiram

(American, 1805-1873)

Jean-Jacques Pradier, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Pradier, Jean-Jacques

(Swiss, 1790-1852)

Sir William Reid Dick, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Reid Dick, Sir William

(English, 1879-1961)

Charles Ricketts, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Ricketts, Charles

(English, 1866-1931)

Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Rodin, Auguste

(French, 1840-1917)

 Rodin and Carrier-Belleuse, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Rodin and Carrier-Belleuse

(French, (1840-1917 and 1824-1887))

Eric Stanford, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Stanford, Eric

(British, Born 1932)

Alfred Stevens, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Stevens, Alfred

(English, 1818-1875)

Arthur Strasser, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Strasser, Arthur

(Austrian, 1854-1927)

Thomas Thornycroft, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Thornycroft, Thomas

(British, 1815 – 1885)

Sir William Hamo Thornycroft, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Thornycroft, Sir William Hamo

(English, 1850-1925)

Albert Toft, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Toft, Albert

(English, 1862-1949)

Reuben Townroe, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Townroe, Reuben

(British, 1835-1911)

Anton Van Wouw, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Van Wouw, Anton

(South African, 1862-1945)

Arthur George Walker, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Walker, Arthur George

(British, 1861 - 1936)

Ossip Zadkine, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Zadkine, Ossip

(Russian/French, 1890-1967)