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Watts Chapel

Duration: 01:54

Stephen Smith visits Mary Watts mortuary chapel. Tucked away behind a Surrey hill it is a gem of English Art Nouveau.

Britain's art nouveau heritage is excavated as cultural correspondent Stephen Smith unearths the bright, controversial but brief career of Aubrey Beardsley.

On a mission to uncover lesser known stars of Britain's version of this continental fin de siecle style, he explores the stunning work of Mary Watts and the massive influence of department store entrepreneur Arthur Liberty.

In Scotland, he celebrates the innovative art nouveau of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, but looks harder at the extraordinary and influential work of Mackintosh's wife, Margaret MacDonald.

Available since: Tue 27 Mar 2012

Credits

Series Producer
Mary Downes
Presenter
Stephen Smith
Director
Mary Downes
Executive Producer
Franny Moyle
Series Producer
Mary Downes
Presenter
Stephen Smith
Director
Mary Downes
Executive Producer
Franny Moyle

This clip is from

Sex and Sensibility: The Allure of Art Nouveau Episode 2

2/3 Stephen Smith unearths the bright, controversial but brief career of Aubrey Beardsley.

First broadcast: 29 Mar 2012

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