The Leighton House Museum is located on the edge of Holland Park in Kensington; the house is one of the most remarkable buildings of the 19th century. Visitors can also see Leighton's grand studio on the first floor where he painted most of his masterpieces. The museum also runs a diverse and engaging exhibition and education programme.
The museum has on permanent display works of art by various members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood including John Everett Millais, Edward Burne-Jones and George Frederick Watts as well as 81 oil paintings by Leighton himself. Other notable items in the collection include Sir Alfred Gilbert original sketch model for Eros, Luke Fildes Still Life & Study for 'The Widower' and Antonio Rossellino's carved and coloured relief: Madonna of the Candelabra.
The house was the former home and studio of the leading Victorian artist, Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). Built to designs by George Aitchison, it was extended and embellished over a period of 30 years to create a private palace of art.
The Arab Hall is the centrepiece of the house. Designed to display Leighton's priceless collection of over a thousand Islamic tiles, mostly brought back from Damascus in Syria, the interior evokes a compelling vision of the Orient.
The Leighton House Museum and The Orangery in Holland Park are available to hire for a variety of events, including receptions, dinners and film shoots. For further information, please contact the events manager on 020 7603 1123.
Contact details for Leighton house museum tel: 020 7602 3316, fax: 020 7371 2467, email: email@example.com
Opening hours daily 10am to 5.30pm, closed Tuesdays. The museum is closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. There is a free guided tour every Wednesday at 3pm.
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