Orleans House Gallery

Orleans House Gallery
Riverside
Twickenham, Middlesex
Greater London
TW1 3DJ
England

Website

E-mail

artsinfo@richmond.gov.uk

Telephone

020 8831 6000

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The Gibbs-designed Octagon Room
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Orleans House has a rich and vibrant history, from the baroque Octagon room, which was designed by renowned architect James Gibbs, to a main gallery which hosts five temporary exhibitions each year - ranging from the historical to the contemporary. We attract over 56,000 visitors annually.

The Stables Gallery is housed in evocative 19th century stables buildings and stages approximately seven contemporary and community exhibitions a year.

Visitors of all ages can try out their own artistic talents in a pre-booked workshop, or to soak up more history, Marble Hill Park and Ham House are nearby.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

Winter hours (October to March)
Tuesday to Saturday 1pm to 4.30pm.
Sunday and Bank Holidays 2pm to 4.30pm.

Café open Tuesday to Sunday 9:30am to 4.30pm.

Summer hours (April to September)
Tuesday to Saturday 1pm to 5.30pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays 2pm to 5.30pm

Café open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to 5.30pm.

Other closures
We will be closed during exhibition change over, when we install the new shows. Check the relevant galleries for these dates.

The Octagon Room is available for hire and may be closed to the public without notice.

Admission charges

Free Admission

Getting there

You can get to us by catching a South West train to St Margaret's.

Alternatively, you can catch a District Line train to Richmond and catch a South West Train to St Margaret's (1 stop) or catch any of the following buses and alight at The Crown Pub/Lebanon Park; 33, 490, H22, R68, R70 and 290.

Additional info

Wheelchair access to the ground floor of Orleans House Gallery, Octagon Room, the Coach House, the Stables Gallery, the Stables Café and the artist in residence studio.

Limited free car parking space is available within the grounds. Vehicle access via Orleans Road only.

Orleans House Gallery looks after the prestigious Richmond Borough Art Collection. The collection of over 2,700 paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, photographs and objects primarily comprises local topographical views of the Twickenham and Richmond riverside, dating from the late eighteenth century to the present day.

The core of the collection, comprising almost 467 works, was founded on the death of Mrs Nellie Ionides in 1962. Since then, the Ionides Collection has been expanded by subsequent gifts, purchases and bequests, notably the Paton Collection of 1,200 works left to the gallery in 1994 and the Gill Collection of 61 local views gifted in 2001. The gallery also houses works and personal effects relating to the nineteenth century explorer Sir Richard Burton, who is buried in nearby Mortlake.

Works from the collection are regularly incorporated into the exhibition programme and are featured in the changing In Focus and cafe displays. Works from the collection are alos on loan to the Museum of Richmond and Old Town Hall.

Researchers are welcome to view works from the collection by prior appointment. Please address all corresondence and queries to the curator Mark De Novellis - m.denovellis@richmond.gov.uk.

A catalogue of highlights from the Richmond Borough Art Collection and Orleans House: A Histroy are available from the gallery shop - tel: 020 8831 6000.

Collection details

Photography, Personalities, Fine Art, Costume and Textiles, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • The collection is strong on 18th and 19th century English topographical views. Highlights include an early from from Richmond Hill by Leonard Knyff and the earliest surviving view of the Twickenham riverside by Peter Tillemans. Other eighteenth century artists include Samuel Scott, Thomas Rowlandson, Pieter Andreas Rysbrack and landscapes by William Marlow. Nineteenth century artists include Richmond painter George Hilditch, Henry Pether, Jean Baptiste Camille Corot and Frederick Leighton. Recent additions include work by the autistic artists Stephen Wiltshire and David Downes.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Image of a cuckoo wearing an 18th century wig.

The New Georgians exhibition at Orleans House Gallery

  • 5 May — 27 July 2014 *on now

The New Georgians celebrates the tercentenary of the Hanoverian accession. This exhibition, part of the Richmond upon Thames Georgian Festival, commemorates this historical event through a display exploring the life and local links of Queen Caroline of Ansbach (1683-1737), wife of King George II. Caroline lavishly dined in the Octagon Room on a visit here in 1729. Her husband’s mistress, Henrietta Howard, lived at the nearby Marble Hill House.

The main focus of the exhibition is contemporary artwork from across the UK submitted via open submission. Artists explore the impact and relevance of 18th century history, society, ideas, culture and styles in the 21st century. Alongside reverent homages and playful pastiches are genres and media revolutionised and popularised in the 18th century, including botanical art, landscapes, portraits, prints and ceramics.

Costume, accessories and the representation and roles of women are also popular themes - which is fitting as the exhibition honours Queen Caroline, who possessed great intellect, culture, personal charm and political influence. In her husband’s absences, she acted as Regent or Protector of the Realm.

Also on display are works created for the exhibition by the gallery’s artist in residence Michael Coldman. His constructions made from found, recycled and second hand objects are transformed into three dimensional scenes examining Georgian life and Queen Caroline and her Court. These often humorous works are complemented by a choice selection of 18th century caricatures by British artists Hogarth, Smith and Gillray from the Richmond Borough Art Collection.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission to Orleans House Gallery, Stables Gallery and Riverside Gallery. Donations towards Transforming Orleans House project welcome.

Website

http://www.richmond.gov.uk/arts

War Memorial in Richmond upon Thames

In their Footsteps: Richmond’s First World War

  • 2 August — 16 November 2014

Orleans House Gallery has been helping young people to explore the impact of the War on Richmond upon Thames. Working with photographer Othello de Souza Hartley and artist Jasleen Kaur, the participants have visited different heritage sites, researched archive material and met local people to uncover ten real life local stories. These have been creatively interpreted and brought to life through objects, artworks, creative writing and photographic recreations of narrative events.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.richmond.gov.uk/arts

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Holiday Activities

For information on forthcoming events at Orleans House Gallery, please call 020 8831 6000. Activities to look out for are our free drop in Sunday Fundays (suitable for the under 5s) and artist-led exhibition based holiday activities for 5-10 year olds.

Getting there

You can get to us by catching a South West train to St Margaret's.

Alternatively, you can catch a District Line train to Richmond and catch a South West Train to St Margaret's (1 stop) or catch any of the following buses and alight at The Crown Pub/Lebanon Park; 33, 490, H22, R68, R70 and 290.

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