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Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery
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Owner description: Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton. The only purpose-built studio-house open to the public in the United Kingdom, it is one of the most remarkable buildings of the nineteenth century, containing a fascinating collection of paintings and sculpture by Leighton and his contemporaries.Built to Leighton’s precise requirements, the house was extended and embellished over the 30 years that he lived in it. From modest beginnings it grew into a ‘private palace of art’ featuring the extraordinary Arab Hall with its golden dome, intricate mosaics and walls lined with beautiful Islamic tiles.
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“Gorgeous House Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014

Leighton's stunning house in Kensington is a prime example of high Victorian aestheticism. The most beautiful room in the house is the Arab Hall, with turquoise tiles, some by William de Morgan I believe. Lord Leighton was a great painter and at the center of the art scene in London. The house has a great collection of paintings by him and his circle. There is a nice garden in the back, which was closed because of rain. Lovely museum. I would have loved to attend a concert in their big room.

Visited May 2014
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Ana G, Public Relations Manager at Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review, 6 August 2014
Thank you very much for your kind words and enthusiasm; we are glad you enjoyed your visit to Leighton House.

The collection of tiles at the Arab Hall are mostly from Damascus and mostly dating from the end of the 15th and beginning of the 16th century. When architect George Aitchison and Leighton decided to design and build the Arab Room they brought together a group of their contemporaries to contribute to the project; the potter William De Morgan, the artworker Walter Crane, the sculptor Edgar Boehm and the artist and illustrator Randolph Caldecott were all involved. The mosaics and marbles and skilled craftsmen were all sourced in London, although Crane’s design for the gold mosaic frieze was made up in Venice and shipped to the site in sections.

Leighton House host an array of music events at the Studio throughout the year; please check our website for updates and news of forthcoming events.


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Leighton House Museum




Aitchison and Leighton brought together a group of their contemporaries to contribute to the project; the potter William De Morgan, the artworker Walter Crane, the sculptor Edgar Boehm and the artist and illustrator Randolph Caldecott were all involved. The mosaics and marbles and skilled craftsmen were all sourced in London, although Crane’s design for the gold mosaic frieze was made up in Venice and shipped to the site in sections.

The collection of tiles, mostly from Damascus and mostly dating from the end of the 15th and beginning of the 16th century are as important as any collection of tiles held in the UK.


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The Winter Studio: 1889-90
The problem of winter smogs and fogs was a concern for many artists whose year was focussed on the submission of their work to the Royal Academy at the end of March or early April. Leighton’s solution was to commission a large winter studio to be added at the east end of his main studio. Effectively a greenhouse on legs, the Winter Studio was supported by pairs of substantial cast iron columns.


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The Silk Room: 1894-5
The last addition to the house was completed only in the months before Leighton’s death. Built on the first floor of the house, on what had previously served as a roof terrace, the Silk Room was designed as a picture gallery to house Leighton’s expanding collection of paintings by his contemporaries. The walls were lined with a green silk and the artists represented included many of the leading painters of the day; Albert Moore, John Everett Millais, George Frederic Watts, John Singer Sargent and Lawrence Alma-Tadema.
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2014 via mobile

We didn't expect to find such an unusual house just off Kensington High Street. We visited because I was looking for local attractions and were pleasantly surprised at its beauty! The tiles are stunning as is the dome, it is a very interesting and well maintained house. If you go on a dry day, may I also recommend bringing a snack, to be consumed in the garden where you can soak up what you have just seen.

Visited May 2014
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Ana G, Public Relations Manager at Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review, 4 August 2014
Dear Rosanna,

Thank you very much for your kind words and enthusiasm; we are glad you enjoyed your visit to Leighton House. The garden is indeed wonderful this time of the year and it provides with a beautiful view of the back of the house.

Please recommend us to your friends and family and if you are in London this winter we would be delighted to see you again at 'A Victorian Obsession exhibition' (14 November - 29 March), which presents fifty exceptional and rarely exhibited paintings by leading Victorian artists including Albert Moore, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edwards Burne-Jones, John Everett Millais and Frederic Lord Leighton himself.

Best wishes,
Leighton House Museum
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“Leighton House”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2014

This is one of my favourite places in London. A beautiful house hidden away with a lovely garden to sit in and think about how marvellous Lord Leighton must have been. Combine it with a visit to Stafford House and you have a perfect day. If it is at all possible participate in the Artists walk when it is on offer - it is wonderful. I visit Leighton House as often as I can.

Visited June 2014
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Ana G, Public Relations Manager at Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Thank you very much for your kind words and enthusiasm; we are glad you enjoyed the visit to Leighton House and 18 Stafford Terrace. The garden is indeed wonderful this time of the year and it provides with a beautiful view of the back of the house.

Please recommend us to your friends and family and if you are in London this winter we would be delighted to see you again at 'A Victorian Obsession exhibition' (14 November - 29 March), which presents fifty exceptional and rarely exhibited paintings by leading Victorian artists including Albert Moore, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edwards Burne-Jones, John Everett Millais and Frederic Lord Leighton himself.

Best wishes,
Leighton House Museum
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“A Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

Tucked away behind Kensington High Street is this amazing house created by Sir Frederic Leighton. What a remarkable man he must have been to have had the imagination to have put everything together. As you go in the deep rich blue of the tiles in the Arab Hall is quite breathtaking. A fascinating item in the drawing room is the fact that the fireplace is directly under the window with seemingly no chimney breast, but the flue to take the smoke out is located behind the wall to the left, this was done so as not to spoil the view of the garden! How many builders today would be capable to doing that?! Also amongst the art work there is a lovely painting by Millais and another portrait by Tintoretto. Really worth visiting but note it is closed on Tuesdays.

Visited July 2014
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Ana G, Public Relations Manager at Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
Thank you very much for your kind words and enthusiasm; we are glad you enjoyed the visit to Leighton House and took the time to write a review.

Please recommend us to your friends and family and if you are in London this winter we would be delighted to see you again at 'A Victorian Obsession exhibition' (14 November - 29 March), which presents fifty exceptional and rarely exhibited paintings by leading Victorian artists including Albert Moore, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edwards Burne-Jones, John Everett Millais and Frederic Lord Leighton himself.

Best wishes,
Leighton House Museum
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“Great for lovers of 19th century art or architecture and interior design buffs.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014

Have now been to Leighton House twice. For the first time with my wife just to see it and the second time with my parents as I wanted them to see it too. Some of the interiors are absolutely stunning and not what you would expect having just stepped off the upmarket suburban pavements of Kensington. The house is laid out as it would have been when Frederick Lord Leighton (whose work you can see in the Tate Britain and numerous other prominent British galleries) lived there and is more a museum of the artist and his times than an art gallery. There are numerous paintings on display, though, and the furnishings and fittings rival the paintings for artistic creativity and beauty. The Arabic Hall is probably the highlight of the trip, decked out with tiles, furniture and fittings from Syria and Egypt and even an amazing gold-leaf dome.

I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of 19th century art, interested in architecture and interior design or who is an artist themself (I definitely don't fit into the latter group!). It is an easy ten minute walk from High Street Kensington tube and can be combined with a trip to Hyde Park or any of the other Kensington attractions as it only requires an hour for the tour.

Visited June 2014
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