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The Arts and Crafts Gallery

 

In the later 19th century this beautiful corner of west Surrey was home to an extraordinary collection of artists and writers.  At Munstead, artist, gardener and craftswoman Gertrude Jekyll created a garden which became an inspiration to generations of gardeners, commissioned a home from the young Edwin Lutyens, wrote articles and books and ran a highly successful garden design business.  In Compton, George Frederic Watts and his wife Mary established the Watts Gallery and the Potters Art Guild, and built the remarkable Watts Chapel.  In Witley, Myles Birket Foster was one of a community of well known artists, which included Helen Allingham.  You can see work by all these artists in the Arts and Crafts Gallery – including the banner of the Godalming Branch of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, designed by Gertrude Jekyll.

 
 
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