Leighton House reopened in April 2010 after a £1.6 million refurbishment which has uncovered and restored many of the decorative schemes and features of the house, as well as a previously unseen staircase. The reopening is accompanied by an exhibition of Lord Leighton's painting collection on loan from institutions such as the National Gallery, which features works by Leighton's contemporaries Burne-Jones, Millais and Alma-Tadema. In the 1860s the artist Frederic Leighton commissioned his friend, the architect George Aitcheson, to build him a showpiece house in Holland Park, which he filled with classical treasures from all over the world, as well as his own works and those of his contemporaries. The house was a work of art in itself, with every inch decorated in high style inspired by the studios Leighton had seen on his extensive European travels. There were magnificent reception rooms downstairs designed for lavish entertaining, and a dramatic staircase leading to a huge light-filled studio taking up most of the first floor. Four extensions were added over the years, the most striking addition the ‘Arab Hall’, designed to showcase Leighton’s huge collection of sixteenth-century Middle Eastern glazed tiles. The house was created as a stage on which Leighton could play out his role as a great artist, contrasting with the tiny single bedroom, the only private space in the whole house. Today, the house is still an architectural treasure trove which belies its somewhat dour exterior and the museum holds, or has on loan, some fine paintings as well as drawings and sketches.
Leighton House Museum
|Venue name:||Leighton House Museum||Contact:|
12 Holland Park Road
|Opening hours:||Mon, Wed-Sun 10am-5.30pm|
|Transport:||Tube: High Street Kensington|
|Price:||£10, concs £6|
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Artists Houses Weekend: Holland Park Circle
Leighton House Museum is the meeting point for this walking tour which explores a unique group of studio-houses built by Leighton and his contemporaries on Holland Park Road and Melbury Road. During the late Victorian period, the area was synonymous with...Walks and tours Sunday August 30 2015 - Sunday September 27 2015Read more
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The Craft of Drawing and Painting
Drawing and painting skills are celebrated throughout this exhibition housed within the former home of Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton. Work on display comes from a community of artists trained at Lavender Hill Studios, the fist atelier founded...Exhibitions Wednesday September 2 2015 - Sunday October 4 2015Read more
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An amazing place, found by chance on the internet and visited on a whim. Well worth the admission price and a fantastic way to spend an afternoon. The building is incredible, the decor even more breathtaking. Can't recommend it highly enough.
Wonderful place. You get caught in time just by being in its surroundings. Worth visiting. 5* place.