Leighton House Museum

Image of the Narcissus Hall, one of the rooms at Leighton House Museum
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Leighton House Museum is the former studio-house of the great Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). Located on the edge of London’s Holland Park, the house is one of the most extraordinary buildings of the nineteenth century.

The Arab Hall is the centrepiece of the house. Designed to display Leighton's priceless collection of over 1000 Islamic tiles, the interior evokes a compelling vision of the Orient. A golden mosaic frieze encricles the room, elaborate decorative paintwork illuminates the domed ceiling, coloured marbles clad the walls and in the centre a fountain adds a calming murmur to the sumptuous atmosphere.

The opulence of the Arab Hall continues through the other richly decorated interiors with gilded ceilings and walls lined with stunning peacock blue tiles by the ceramic artist William De Morgan. On the first floor is Leighton's grand painting studio, where he worked for many hours almost every day that he was at home. With its great dome and apse the studio is the heart and purpose of the house and was also the venue for Leighton's celebrated musical evenings.

Leighton was at the very centre of the London artworld and many of the leading figures of the day were welcomed into his extraordinary home. Today it draws visitors from around the world.

The Museum provides an unforgettable insight into Leighton’s private world and is a unique venue for the understanding and appreciation of Victorian art and architecture.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Leighton House Museum is open daily except Tuesdays from 10.00 to 17.30.
Last entry is 17.00pm.

Free guided tour every Wednesday and Sunday at 3pm

The House is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Leighton House Museum is closed on Tuesdays.

Admission charges

£7 Adult
£5 Concession: Senior Citizen (over 60s), 12-17yrs, full-time student, disabled, unwaged, carer, Blue Badge Guide

National Trust members receive a 50% discount*

Free Entry: Friends of Leighton House Museum, Art Fund members (National Art Pass), Under 5s, Museums Association Members*, ICOM Members*, Accredited Press*

*ID / valid proof of membership will be requested where concessionary or free entry applies. If you cannot present your membership card, full charges will apply

Discounts

  • National Trust
  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass
Getting there

Underground:
High Street Kensington, Olympia or Holland Park.

Buses:
9, 10, 27, 28, 49, 328 stops on Kensington High Street/Earls Court Road

Car:
Metered car parking is limited in Holland Park Road and surrounding streets. The Holland Park car park off Abbotsbury Road is approximately ten minutes' walk away.

Leighton House Museum has an outstanding collection of Leighton’s drawings. Most of these were acquired in the years immediately following the artist’s death. With the addition of later purchases the collection now comprises over seven hundred works.

Leighton's own collection also included works by many of his contemporaries, Burne Jones, Millais, Alma-Tadema and Albert Moore. Important works by these artists remain hanging in the house as well as over 80 examples of paintings and sculpture by Leighton himself.

Collection details

Architecture, Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Frederic Lord Leighton
  • Burne-Jones
  • Millais
  • Frederick Watts
  • Alma-Tadema
  • Albert Moore
  • Victorian art and architecture
  • Islamic tiles
  • William De Morgan

Islam

See "Near and Middle East" entry. The Arab hall includes tiles carrying verses from the Qu'ran in praise of Allah.

Near & Middle East

Leighton House Museum contains a spectacular Arab Hall, lined with priceless tiles from Syria and Turkey that date from the thirteenth to nineteenth centuries. You can see pictures of the hall online, both as it is now, and as it was in 1879. The hall was built by Lord Leighton, an artist, after travels in Asia Minor and Greece in 1867.
There are also a number of paintings in the house showing scenes from the Middle East. Leighton House have compiled an Arab tour which you can see online.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Flaming June, Frederic Leighton, 1895

Flaming June: The Making Of An Icon

  • 4 November 2016 — 2 April 2017 *on now

For the first time since it left for exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1895, Flaming June: The Making of an Icon brings back this iconic work of 19th century British art to the house in which it was painted and reunites it with the other pictures shown by Leighton in that year – his final submission, made only months before his death in 1896. The Maid with Golden Hair, Twixt Hope and Fear and Candida will be loaned from private collections with Lachrymae coming from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Flaming June from the Museo de Arte de Ponce.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12, £10, 50% National Trust & National Art Pass (Fees include entrance to Leighton House Museum + exhibition)

Website

https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/subsites/museums/leightonhousemuseum/flamingjune/flaming.aspx

Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity

  • 7 July — 29 October 2017

Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity (7 July – 29 October 2017) explores Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s fascination with the representation of domestic life in antiquity and how this interest related to his own domestic circumstances expressed through the two remarkable studio-houses that he created in St John’s Wood together with his wife Laura and daughters.

Born in the north of the Netherlands, the exhibition traces his early training and move to London in 1870 where he established a hugely successful career at the heart of the artistic establishment. His work fixed ideas in the popular imagination of what life in the ancient past ‘looked like’ – ideas and images that were taken to the stage, film and that remain with us today.

The exhibition includes important works by Tadema himself, his wife Laura and daughter Anna with loans coming from public and private collections internationally. At Home in Antiquity finds a perfect setting in Leighton’s own studio-house, interiors known to the Alma-Tademas as frequent callers and includes In My Studio presented by Alma-Tadema to Leighton as a token of his esteem and now in a private collection.

Website

http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/subsites/museums/leightonhousemuseum/flamingjune/almatadema.aspx

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Visitors looking at an art work

Flaming June: The Making of an icon - Curator-Led Tours

  • 7 March 2017 6:30-7:30pm

For the first time since it left for exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1895, Leighton’s iconic painting Flaming June will return to its former home along with the four other pictures shown by the artist that same year – his final submission, made only months before his death in 1896. Join Senior Curator, Daniel Robbins for a very special evening as he will guide you through the house of former President of the Royal Academy and give you fascinating insights into the exhibition. Ticket price includes a complimentary glass of wine.

Admission

£20

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/flaming-june-curator-led-tours-tickets-27256848969

A Drawing Session at Leighton House Museum

Life Drawing in Leighton's Grand Studio

  • 13 December 2016 1-4pm
  • 10 January 2017 1-4pm
  • 14 March 2017 1-4pm

Artist Ann Witheridge, founder of London Fine Art Studios, returns to Leighton House to lead a new series of her popular life-drawing sessions in the studio of the former president of the Royal Academy.

Open to artists of all levels, each afternoon will consist of a mixture of short exercises and longer poses, with reference to the work on show, Flaming June: The Making of an Icon (4 November 2016 - 2 April 2017) and expert tuition from Ann. Students will work on textured paper in charcoal or pencil. Materials will be available to purchase on the day or students can bring supplies with them. Leighton House Museum will provide boards and easels.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£30

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/life-drawing-in-leightons-studio-tickets-27577191121

Live band playing at Leighton House Museum

An Evening of Live Music at Leighton House Museum

  • 13 January 2017 6:30-9pm

Leighton House Museum's Friday Lates are the perfect opportunity to experience the museum out of hours and discover our current exhibition Flaming June: The Making Of An Icon while enjoying a glass of wine. Choosing from a classical to a jazz repertoire, each event features a live band, creating a different atmosphere in Lord Leighton’s studio.

Join us on Friday 18 November 2016 for Phelan Burgoyne Quartet or on Friday 13 January 2017 for the duet Katy Jungmann & Chris Jerome.

Admission

£12, £10, 50% National Trust & National Art Pass (Fees include access to Leighton House Museum, Flaming June exhibition, live concert and a free glass of wine).

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/museum-lates-live-music-tickets-27258892080

Actress in costume reading diary at 18 Stafford Terrace

Christmas Special - Costumed Twilight Tours at 18 Stafford Terrace

  • 8 December 2016 6-7:30pm, 7:30-9pm *on now

As guests of Mrs. Sambourne or her parlour maid Mrs. Reffell, these actor-led tours provide a dramatic account of life at 18 Stafford Terrace, based on Marion Sambourne's diaries. The tours last approximately 1 hour and include an introductory film.

Join us for drinks and nibbles before the start of the tour.

Wednesday 7 December
Tour: 7 - 8pm (refreshments from 6:30pm)

Thursday 8 December
Tour: 6:30 - 7:30pm (refreshments from 6pm)
Tour: 8 - 9pm (refreshments from 7:30pm)

Admission

£12

Website

http://: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/costumed-twilight-tour-of-18-stafford-terrace-tickets-26517348102

A singer at Leighton House Museum's Christmas Concert

Music For Christmas at Leighton House Museum

  • 8 December 2016 7:30-9:30pm *on now

As we commemorate Leighton’s birthday, join us for an evening of Christmas music and carol singing, introduced by musician and broadcaster Sandy Burnett, who will conduct the audience through a varied programme of English and continental Christmas music performed by two of the UK's leading singers: mezzo-soprano Yvonne Howard and tenor Richard Edgar-Wilson, together with renowned pianist Juliet Edwards. With opportunities for audience participation in some of our best-loved carols, the evening is a perfect way to starts your Christmas festivities. The evening includes a complimentary drink and the opportunity to visit the Museum and view the temporary exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£20 adults, £10 children under 16. Price includes a glass of wine.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/music-for-christmas-at-leighton-house-museum-tickets-27257585171

Visitors looking at an art work at Leighton House Museum

Guided Tours With Museum Guides

  • 8 December 2016 12:30-1:30pm *on now
  • 19 January 2017 3-4pm
  • 14 February 2017 6:30-7:30pm

For the first time since it left for exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1895, Leighton’s iconic painting Flaming June will return to its former home along with the four other pictures shown by the artist that same year – his final submission, made only months before his death in 1896. Join our expert tour guides for a very special talk as they will guide you through the house of former President of the Royal Academy and give you fascinating insights into the exhibition. Ticket price includes a complimentary glass of wine on Tuesday 14 February 2017.

Admission

£15

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/flaming-june-public-guided-tours-tickets-27257038536

Flaming June, Frederic Leighton, 1895

Flaming June: A Practical Colour Workshop

  • 14 February 2017 1-4pm

Taking place in Leighton’s Grand studio, where the artist painted his most celebrated works, this three-hour workshop, led by Scott Pohlschmidt, Director of Lavender Hill Colours, explores the use of colour and fabric in Flaming June. Students will learn about the cadmium family - yellow, orange and red - a heavy metal based pigment mixed in oil and predominant in Leighton's famous work Flaming June. In the second half of the workshop, attention will turn to how to paint fabric, the anatomy of cloth, where it begins and ends and how to render the folds to greatest effect.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£35

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/flaming-june-a-practical-colour-workshop-tickets-27576872167?aff=ehomecard

Two actors in the play The Muse at Leighton House Museum

The Muse, a Play by Palimsest at Leighton House Museum

  • 22 — 30 March 2017

Following the sell-out success of The Muse during A Victorian Obsession exhibition (Leighton House Museum, November 2014 – April 2015), Leighton House Museum is delighted to be working again with Palimpsest theatre, film and web company to restage this multi-media play that explores the relationship between Frederic, Lord Leighton, one of the most influential Victorian artists and President of the Royal Academy (1878 – 1896) and Dorothy Dene (aka Ada Pullan), his model, muse and confidante. Staged in Leighton's studio, where Dorothy so often posed for the artist, and based on extensive new research, The Muse is a must see.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£27

Website

https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/subsites/museums/leightonhousemuseum/flamingjune/eventsprogramme.aspx

Getting there

Underground:
High Street Kensington, Olympia or Holland Park.

Buses:
9, 10, 27, 28, 49, 328 stops on Kensington High Street/Earls Court Road

Car:
Metered car parking is limited in Holland Park Road and surrounding streets. The Holland Park car park off Abbotsbury Road is approximately ten minutes' walk away.

Leighton House Museum
12 Holland Park Road
London
Greater London
W14 8LZ
England

Website

E-mail

museums@rbkc.gov.uk

Telephone

020 7602 3316

Fax

020 7371 2467

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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