Leighton House Museum

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12 Holland Park Rd, London, United Kingdom
020 7602 3316
Leighton House Museum - LEIGHTON HOUSE garden
Leighton House Museum - LEIGHTON HOUSE sculpture
Leighton House Museum - LEIGHTON HOUSE outside of Arab Hall
Leighton House Museum - LEIGHTON HOUSE outside of Arab Hall
Leighton House Museum - LEIGHTON HOUSE Street view
Leighton House Museum - LEIGHTON HOUSE Arab Hall

Leighton House Museum London Reviews

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Leighton House, rivals nearby Tower House (on Melbury Road) in its extraordinariness.

Leighton House was the home and studio of the painter Frederic Leighton (1830-1896). In 1864, he leased the house in Holland Park Road from Lady Holland. With the help of the architect George Aitchison (1825-1910) he modified it, and was able to occupy it in late 1866. Amongst many additions made by Leighton, the most remarkable is the Arab Hall (1877-79). This Moorish hall was built to accommodate Leighton’s considerable collection of tiles that he had acquired during his visits to the east. The hall also contains carved Damascus latticework and other souvenirs from the Middle East. A gentle fountain adorns the floor of the hall, and adds to its exotic atmosphere. The exterior brickwork of the hall and its tiled dome surmounted by the crescent of Islam reflect the hall’s oriental interior.

The Arab Hall is reason enough to visit Leighton House, but there is more to see. Visitors can wander around some of its rooms,see its paintings, climb up the tile-lined staircase, view the north-facing studio, and enjoy the occasional special exhibition held regularly in the house and the attached Perrin Gallery (designed by Halsey Ricardo [1854-1928], and completed 1929).

Leighton House has a lovely large garden, which is occasionally open to the public. From it, you can get a good view of Leighton’s studio windows framed in Victorian cast-iron. It also contains a long path covered by a leafy trellis and a large sculpture of a ‘tribesman’ fighting a large serpent. Called “A Moment of Peril”, it was sculpted by Leighton’s friend Thomas Brock (1847-1922), who, also, created Imperial Memorial to Queen Victoria in front of Buckingham Palace, and the staue of Queen Victoria that stands at the edge of Cubbon Park in Bangalore (India). During summer, coffee is available for visitors.
LEIGHTON HOUSE outside of Arab Hall
LEIGHTON HOUSE outside of Arab Hall
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