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.
Two actors in the play The Muse at Leighton House Museum

The Muse, a Play by Palimsest at Leighton House Museum

  • 25 — 30 March 2017 *on now

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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