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.
Hughie O'Donoghue Warlencourt Ridge, 2014

Seven Halts on The Somme

  • 30 June — 2 October 2016 *on now

To mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme Leighton House Museum, in partnership with Eton College, present Seven Halts on The Somme by Hughie O’Donoghue RA.

The exhibition presents a sequence of paintings recalling seven stopping points, where troops were halted during one of the bloodiest military battles in history, one hundred years ago. Each painting is a commemoration of an individual life explored through a painting process evocative of archaeological excavation.

“Seven Halts on the Somme represents seven places where the army was stopped in 1916, seven places were lives were stopped and also seven places where I have stopped years later and tried to remember. As time distances us from events this ‘calling to mind’ becomes harder and the battle itself massive, labyrinthine and complex, more remote and difficult to understand. I have tried to get closer to the story through the lives of individuals and the places where they fell, putting a human face on history and finding a personal connection. I believe that the universal can only really be understood through the particular. These paintings are a meditation in concrete form on past events, built up in successive layers, mirroring the way that an archaeologist removes layers to reveal a story.”

The paintings, on loan from the Eton College Collections, are the result of the artist’s residency at the college’s Drawing Schools in 2013-14. O’Donoghue spent many months exploring the remarkable collection of letters and diaries from World War One in the College Archives, alongside his own research into the landscapes of Northern France and his family connection to the conflict. Each artwork is a bold and vivid interpretation of a place in the landscape. Intense hues of yellow, red and green on square canvases of five feet and one inch, in reference to the height men had to be to qualify for service, and maps of the battlefield will mirror the intensity of The Somme and the horrors of war. The act of memory and remembrance is heightened through the portrayal of landscapes, buildings and fields that witnessed destruction and horror unlike any other.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£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

Website

https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/subsites/museums/leightonhousemuseum/exhibitions/hughieodonoghue.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.
Artists Houses Guided Walks: The Holland Park Circle

Artists Houses Guided Walks: The Holland Park Circle

  • 10 — 11 September 2016 11am-12:30pm

Join our guided walks around the exterior of the unique group of studio-houses built by Victorian artist and President of the Royal Academy, Frederic, Lord Leighton and his contemporaries on Holland Park Road and Melbury Road (West London).
Discover the fascinating story of how this corner of Holland Park became synonymous with a group of leading artists of the late Victorian period. Find out why they came to build in this area and the architects that they chose.

Meeting point: outside Leighton House Museum at 10:50am. Please make sure you arrive on time as tour will start promptly at 11am

Ticket price includes entry to Leighton House Museum; if you book for a guided walk on a Sunday you will be able to go on the tour of Leighton House at 3pm.

For more information about the Holland Park Circle visit www.rbkc.gov.uk/hollandparkcircle

More information about Leighton House Museum: www.leightonhouse.co.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£15
Ticket price includes Museum entry; if you book for a guided walk on a Sunday you will be able to go on the tour of Leighton House at 3pm.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/artists-houses-guided-walks-the-holland-park-circle-tickets-24931310220

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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