Watts Chapel - Spirit of Truth.
 Watts, Mary S.

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Title:Watts Chapel - Spirit of Truth
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At the bottom of this terracotta frieze, one of four decorating the Watts Chapel in Compton, England, are three supporting figures. The middle one is The Spirit of Truth.

The Watts Cemetery Chapel, designed and built by Mary Fraser Tytler Watts, a symbolist craftswoman, designer and social reformer, contains a significant collection of iconography that adapts themes from the Gospels, particularly the Gospel of John, and indigenous Celtic symbolism. She largely worked in the fields of Celtic and Art Nouveau bas-reliefs, pottery, metalwork and textiles. For the Watts Chapel, she set up a pottery-making operation and employed local workers, thereby also advancing the social, economic, and spiritual lives of the less educated members of her community.

"The design itself is an amalgamation of inspiration, every aspect having symbolic meaning. The Circle of Eternity with its intersecting Cross of Faith is from pre-historic times and symbolises the power of redeeming love stretching to the four quarters of the earth. The dome is traditionally seen as emblematic of heaven, the four panels on the exterior containing friezes symbolising the Spirit of Hope, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of Love and the Spirit of Light." [from: http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/chapel.html and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Fraser_Tytler]

Date:1895
Artist:Watts, Mary S.
Building:Watts Chapel
Object/Function:Relief sculpture
Material:Clay
City/Town:Compton
Country:United Kingdom

Scripture:John 16:12-15
Lectionary links:CTrin
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General Subject:Truth

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Record Number:54359 Last Updated: 2020-09-30 08:38:04 Record Created: 2010-04-02 10:25:41
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