Leighton House Museum

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

Website

Leighton House Website

http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/subsites/museums.aspx

E-mail

museums@rbkc.gov.uk

Telephone

020 7602 3316

Fax

020 7371 2467

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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 17.15pm.

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

Charges: Adults £7.00, Concessions £5.00 (over 60's, 16 and under and full time students).

National Trust members receive a 50% discount on admission.
Free entry for Friends and Patrons of Leighton House, Art Fund members, ICOM, Blue badge guides, Museum Association members. Valid proof must be presented.

Private guided tours: £9.50 per person (minimum of 12 people per tour). Walking tours and costumed actor led tours are available.

Discounts

  • National Trust
  • Museums Association
  • International Council of Museums
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.

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.
Painting entitled 'Plantation'

From Jamaica to Notting Hill, Rudi Patterson's Visions in Colour

  • 4 April — 11 June 2014 *on now

For over forty years, following a career as an international model and actor, Rudi Patterson dedicated himself to painting. From the three successive flats he lived in around Notting Hill he produced a vast body of work, exhibiting widely in London , the UK and internationally – from New York to Melbourne - throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s. Following his death last year, this exhibition explores a single theme; Rudi’s extraordinarily potent and vivid representations of his native Jamaica intuitively made from the vantage point of a West London window.

Admission

Entry fee to Leighton House:
£7 Adult, £5 Concession (over 60, 16 and under, full-time students)

Website

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

Musician and broadcaster Sandy Burnett

Summer Concert: Leighton's Music

  • 29 May 2014 7:15-10pm

The concerts held every year in Leighton’s studio were like a who’s who of mid-nineteenth century music making. There was a real sense of the creative arts reaching across to each other – all in the informal and intimate atmosphere of the studio, with Leighton’s work in progress all around them. Musician and broadcaster Sandy Burnett returns to Leighton House to host another absorbing and entertaining evening of music making, very much in the spirit of Leighton’s “Musics”. It includes Lieder by Lord Leighton’s beloved Franz Schubert, the violin sonata by Claude Debussy, and songs in English from Thomas Arne and from Howard Blake, one of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s most distinguished current musical residents. To perform in this concert we’re delighted to welcome back tenor Richard Edgar-Wilson, violinist Kathryn Parry and pianist Juliet Edwards.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets £25.00. Book online with Eventbrite or phone 020 7602 3316.

Doors open 6.45pm and tickets include refreshments (served during interval).

Website

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/leighton-house-museum-1156202155

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.

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