Leighton House and Sambourne House

Leighton House and Sambourne House Celebrating the work, lives and passions of two Victorian artists and their remarkable homes and creative studios in Kensington.
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Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). The highlight of any visit is the spectacular Arab Hall and its striking collection of Syrian tiles from 16th and 17th centuries. Sambourne House is the ‘House Beautiful’ o of Victorian illustrator Linley Sambourne (1844-1910) and his family. The extravagant and eclectic interiors remain practical

Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). The highlight of any visit is the spectacular Arab Hall and its striking collection of Syrian tiles from 16th and 17th centuries. Sambourne House is the ‘House Beautiful’ o of Victorian illustrator Linley Sambourne (1844-1910) and his family. The extravagant and eclectic interiors remain practical

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Leighton's 'Head of a Girl' is a fascinating rediscovery. One annotation on the reverse states that the painting was in ...
24/06/2021

Leighton's 'Head of a Girl' is a fascinating rediscovery. One annotation on the reverse states that the painting was in the collection of the Sartoris family – Edward and Adelaide were Leighton’s closest friends. The Ormonds' catalogue of Leighton's work lists an untraced painting entitled ‘Italian Girl’ previously in the collection of Edward Sartoris and exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1877. In the late 1870s, during his travels to Italy, Leighton painted a series of head-and-shoulder studies of various Mediterranean models,
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The white background of this painting is similar to the profile of an Italian boy Paolo c.1876 and the girl's costume appears to be identical to the one depicted in Teresina c. 1876 (Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū )
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Leighton’s 'Head of a Girl' is included in the upcoming European and British Art sale by Sotheby's live from 7 July. His Senior Director, Simon Toll (Victorian & Impressionist Art Department) will be presenting this and another wonderful Leighton’s painting as part of our free online talk: Leighton Rediscovered: From Flaming June to New Treasures (Wed 7 July, 6-7 pm) with writer @thepatrickmonahan and Senior Curator, Daniel Robbins.

BOOK NOW: https://buff.ly/2ScyGns

Leighton's 'Head of a Girl' is a fascinating rediscovery. One annotation on the reverse states that the painting was in the collection of the Sartoris family – Edward and Adelaide were Leighton’s closest friends. The Ormonds' catalogue of Leighton's work lists an untraced painting entitled ‘Italian Girl’ previously in the collection of Edward Sartoris and exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1877. In the late 1870s, during his travels to Italy, Leighton painted a series of head-and-shoulder studies of various Mediterranean models,
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The white background of this painting is similar to the profile of an Italian boy Paolo c.1876 and the girl's costume appears to be identical to the one depicted in Teresina c. 1876 (Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū )
🔶🔸
Leighton’s 'Head of a Girl' is included in the upcoming European and British Art sale by Sotheby's live from 7 July. His Senior Director, Simon Toll (Victorian & Impressionist Art Department) will be presenting this and another wonderful Leighton’s painting as part of our free online talk: Leighton Rediscovered: From Flaming June to New Treasures (Wed 7 July, 6-7 pm) with writer @thepatrickmonahan and Senior Curator, Daniel Robbins.

BOOK NOW: https://buff.ly/2ScyGns

18/06/2021
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After its glittering debut at the Royal Academy in 1895, Flaming June disappeared from view, only to be rediscovered 60 years later, in a house which was being demolished, and sold for only £50. In the following years, as Victorian paintings, drawings and sculptures re-entered the London art market, Luis A. Ferré, the Governor of Puerto Rico, acquired Leighton’s masterpiece, to be housed in his new museum, designed by MoMA architect Edward Durrell Stone. Today, Flaming June is known as ‘The Mona Lisa of the Southern Hemisphere.’

To celebrate #FlamingJune and discuss other fascinating rediscoveries in Leighton’s collection, join Vanity Fair and Country Life Magazine contributor Patrick Monahan, Sotheby's Victorian & Impressionist Art expert Simon Toll and Senior Curator, Daniel Robbins on a free online talk and Q&A.

🌞Leighton Rediscovered: From Flaming June to New Treasures
📅 Wednesday 7 July 6-7pm (BST)
💰FREE – Pay what you can tickets available
👉 BOOK https://buff.ly/2ScyGns
🛋️If you can't join live, do register to gain access to the recorded talk

Join our online talk tomorrow and find out more about how Leighton's Clytie (1895) became one of the highlights in the M...
16/06/2021

Join our online talk tomorrow and find out more about how Leighton's Clytie (1895) became one of the highlights in the Museum’s collection:

🌻Clytie: Leighton’s Last Painting, with Senior Curator, Daniel Robbins
📅 Thursday 17 June 6-7pm (BST)
💰Tickets £5
👉 BOOK https://buff.ly/3wVJ5Dh
💻If you can't join live, buy a ticket to get access to the recorded talk on your own time

Join our online talk tomorrow and find out more about how Leighton's Clytie (1895) became one of the highlights in the Museum’s collection:

🌻Clytie: Leighton’s Last Painting, with Senior Curator, Daniel Robbins
📅 Thursday 17 June 6-7pm (BST)
💰Tickets £5
👉 BOOK https://buff.ly/3wVJ5Dh
💻If you can't join live, buy a ticket to get access to the recorded talk on your own time

28/05/2021
An Object in Focus #3 An Aesthetic Fireplace

An Object in Focus #3 An Aesthetic Fireplace
With Hannah Lund, Assistant Curator at Leighton House.

In this third episode, Hannah explains the thinking behind the unconventional arrangement of a window positioned above a fireplace in Leighton's drawing room, which responds to the artist's ambition to transform traditional and functional features into pieces of art.

Although we often remark that Frederic, Lord Leighton lived alone, there was in fact a small, resident household living ...
27/05/2021

Although we often remark that Frederic, Lord Leighton lived alone, there was in fact a small, resident household living alongside him which included a butler, a housekeeper / cook, housemaids, a coachman and a secretary.

When we re-open we will be able to share spaces with you that were previously not open to the public, such as the basement which included the kitchen, larder, butler’s pantry and wine cellar. We want to tell the stories of this household across Leighton’s 30 years creating Leighton House, some of whom were with him for over 20 years.

If you are a descendant or know anything about Leighton’s staff, we would love to hear from you! Please get in touch on [email protected]

Although we often remark that Frederic, Lord Leighton lived alone, there was in fact a small, resident household living alongside him which included a butler, a housekeeper / cook, housemaids, a coachman and a secretary.

When we re-open we will be able to share spaces with you that were previously not open to the public, such as the basement which included the kitchen, larder, butler’s pantry and wine cellar. We want to tell the stories of this household across Leighton’s 30 years creating Leighton House, some of whom were with him for over 20 years.

If you are a descendant or know anything about Leighton’s staff, we would love to hear from you! Please get in touch on [email protected]

Today we celebrate the reopening of many museums in the UK, following Government plans to gradually lift Covid-19 safety...
17/05/2021

Today we celebrate the reopening of many museums in the UK, following Government plans to gradually lift Covid-19 safety measures. At Leighton House and Sambourne House we continue working ‘behind the scenes’ and whilst we will remain closed for the next few months, exciting plans and developments are keeping us all very busy!

The major redevelopment at Leighton House is making great progress. Also, at the historic house, conservators are working on two exciting projects and our permanent collection has been enhanced with new acquisitions.

At Sambourne House, we are immersed in an ambitious project to photograph and digitalise hundreds of objects from the collection, capturing everything in the wonderful interiors of the home of the Sambournes.

We are looking forward to opening our doors in the Autumn and welcoming you all to these two unique artists’ houses, presented like never before. Until then, please do explore and join our online programme, with online talks, workshops and video content.

Read the full statement on our website: https://buff.ly/2ITrjuA

Today we celebrate the reopening of many museums in the UK, following Government plans to gradually lift Covid-19 safety measures. At Leighton House and Sambourne House we continue working ‘behind the scenes’ and whilst we will remain closed for the next few months, exciting plans and developments are keeping us all very busy!

The major redevelopment at Leighton House is making great progress. Also, at the historic house, conservators are working on two exciting projects and our permanent collection has been enhanced with new acquisitions.

At Sambourne House, we are immersed in an ambitious project to photograph and digitalise hundreds of objects from the collection, capturing everything in the wonderful interiors of the home of the Sambournes.

We are looking forward to opening our doors in the Autumn and welcoming you all to these two unique artists’ houses, presented like never before. Until then, please do explore and join our online programme, with online talks, workshops and video content.

Read the full statement on our website: https://buff.ly/2ITrjuA

12/05/2021

Leighton's Arab Hall, with its beautiful tiles and mosaics, wooden lattices and soaring dome, impressed guests in the past and captures the imagination of visitors today.

The first steps towards its creation can be traced to Frederic Leighton’s trip to Algeria; in the next decade he made many more trips to countries around the Mediterranean, always looking, sketching and collecting. In this talk, Melanie Gibson will revisit some of the places he travelled to, and investigate how the ideas and objects he collected were combined and displayed in this spectacular space.
👉The Creation of the Arab Hall
📅20 May 6-7pm (GMT)
💰Tickets £5
BOOK https://buff.ly/3wVJ5Dh

*Music by Harkan: Harp & Kanun Duet

21/04/2021
Athlete Wrestles With Python FINAL

An Object in Focus #2 Athlete Wrestling with a Python, 1877

An Object in Focus video series explore collection highlights at Leighton House and it is presented by our team of curators and art history experts.

Frederic Leighton, Athlete Wrestling with a Python, 1877
With Daniel Robbins, Senior Curator at Leighton House.

This image of an athlete wrestling a python, from 1877, might not look especially radical to our eyes, but it was thanks to this work that Frederic Leighton was recognised as the pioneer of a movement called ‘New Sculpture’.

We are hiring! A wonderful opportunity to join our team and be part of a very special moment for our Museums. We'd love ...
16/04/2021

We are hiring! A wonderful opportunity to join our team and be part of a very special moment for our Museums. We'd love to hear from you!
Front of House Manager: https://buff.ly/3e5fhM9
Marketing Assistant: https://buff.ly/3gecpiu
Closing date: 29 April

We are hiring! A wonderful opportunity to join our team and be part of a very special moment for our Museums. We'd love to hear from you!
Front of House Manager: https://buff.ly/3e5fhM9
Marketing Assistant: https://buff.ly/3gecpiu
Closing date: 29 April

15/04/2021

Time for Art & #WorldArtDay

Since the outbreak of Covid-19 the scale and realities of digital exclusion in the UK have become even more critical, with children living in disadvantage significantly affected by very limited or non-existent access to technology and data for online formal learning and virtual opportunities for creativity.

In recognition of these challenges, our Time for Art project has been developed to mitigate the impact of digital exclusion, and to support families and young people with limited financial resources to buy arts and crafts materials for creativity at home.
A collaboration with West London Zone and RBKC Looked After Children’s Services. This project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, The Friends of Leighton House and City Bridge Trust and generously supported by Winsor & Newton.
Special thanks to artists Laurelie Rae and Ayesha Gamiet

#timeforart #LeightonWelcomes

15/04/2021

Frederic Leighton & #WorldArtDay

06/04/2021
Clytie (1)

An Object In Focus: Clytie

An Object in Focus video series explore collection highlights at Leighton House and it is presented by our team of curators and art history experts.

#1 Frederic Leighton, Clytie, 1895
With Imogen Pasley-Tyler, Art History guide at Leighton House.
Clytie was Leighton’s final painting, still on the easel when he died in 1896, and whilst it is still obviously figurative, it seems to be the very beginning of something quite modern; using colour and form to explore and evoke human emotion.

Can you spot the differences? 🧐 The Drawing Room at Leighton House is dominated by a large west-facing window and photog...
01/04/2021

Can you spot the differences? 🧐

The Drawing Room at Leighton House is dominated by a large west-facing window and photographs of the time suggest that it was always relatively sparsely furnished. Four large panels by French landscape artist Jean-Baptiste Corot decorated the walls and in the centre of the room hung a mid-19th century Murano glass chandelier.

In Linley Sambourne’s home, the drawing room occupies the whole of the first floor. At the southern end of the room, Sambourne's camera and easel mark the place where he use to work before he moved to his studio on the top floor. The decorative scheme is similar to that used elsewhere in the house, following his eclectic taste and his inclination to mix different styles and objects.

Which one is your favourite?

Can you spot the differences? 🧐

The Drawing Room at Leighton House is dominated by a large west-facing window and photographs of the time suggest that it was always relatively sparsely furnished. Four large panels by French landscape artist Jean-Baptiste Corot decorated the walls and in the centre of the room hung a mid-19th century Murano glass chandelier.

In Linley Sambourne’s home, the drawing room occupies the whole of the first floor. At the southern end of the room, Sambourne's camera and easel mark the place where he use to work before he moved to his studio on the top floor. The decorative scheme is similar to that used elsewhere in the house, following his eclectic taste and his inclination to mix different styles and objects.

Which one is your favourite?

30/03/2021
Facebook Time for Art

It’s Time for Art!

We are excited to announce our new initiative to support children and young people in West London, encouraging creative learning away from computer screens whilst also recognising digital exclusion.

The ‘Time for Art’ gift boxes are packed with original arts & crafts projects (designed by contemporary artists Laurelie Rae & Ayesha Gamiet) and a wonderful array of painting and drawing materials, carefully selected by our friends from Winsor & Newton.

Big thanks to our team of volunteers who last week got hands-on to ensemble 250 boxes (see the pics, don’t they look stunning?). The boxes are being gifted to children attending seven schools located in Kensington and Chelsea (via the WLZ network) and to children and young people living in care or on the edge of care in the borough.

A collaboration with West London Zone and RBKC Looked After Children’s Services. This project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, The Friends of Leighton House and City Bridge Trust and generously supported by Winsor & Newton
National Lottery Heritage Fund Winsor & Newton West London Zone Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea @LaurelieRae

Last month we launched our new video series Calling at the Sambournes’ and over 10K people have watched our first film e...
20/03/2021

Last month we launched our new video series Calling at the Sambournes’ and over 10K people have watched our first film exploring Linley’s love for photography. From today, our Episode 2 is live – are you feeling peckish?

WATCH NOW – “Dinner Invitation 1887: Staging of a Victorian Table”
https://buff.ly/3cRpVW2

Food historian and artist, Tasha Marks and Daen Palma Huse from The Protagonist Magazine discuss 8-course menus at the Sambournes, their humorous approach to table setting and of desserts as the high point to luxuriant Victorian dinners.

A collaboration with The Protagonist Magazine:
Concept by anthropologist Dr Birgitta Huse, art historian Daen Palma Huse and international photographer Ram Shergill. Special thanks to food historian Tasha Marks, founder of AVM Curiosities

Last month we launched our new video series Calling at the Sambournes’ and over 10K people have watched our first film exploring Linley’s love for photography. From today, our Episode 2 is live – are you feeling peckish?

WATCH NOW – “Dinner Invitation 1887: Staging of a Victorian Table”
https://buff.ly/3cRpVW2

Food historian and artist, Tasha Marks and Daen Palma Huse from The Protagonist Magazine discuss 8-course menus at the Sambournes, their humorous approach to table setting and of desserts as the high point to luxuriant Victorian dinners.

A collaboration with The Protagonist Magazine:
Concept by anthropologist Dr Birgitta Huse, art historian Daen Palma Huse and international photographer Ram Shergill. Special thanks to food historian Tasha Marks, founder of AVM Curiosities

We loved working with Brixton Life Drawing - thank you to everyone who joined the first session of Draw & Tour last nigh...
12/03/2021

We loved working with Brixton Life Drawing - thank you to everyone who joined the first session of Draw & Tour last night and keep an eye for more special evenings coming up!

We are delighted to collaborate with Brixton Life Drawing for the launch of their new Draw & Tour online series.At a tim...
05/03/2021

We are delighted to collaborate with Brixton Life Drawing for the launch of their new Draw & Tour online series.

At a time where our beautiful museums and art galleries remain closed, this new series offers exclusive virtual access to very special places (like Leighton House!) and gives everyone the opportunity to immerse into the world of Life Drawing!

📅 THURSDAY 11 MARCH, 7-8:30pm (GMT)
🆓 These sessions are free but donations are highly recommended - 20% of the proceeds of this first evening, will go to The Friends of Leighton House
BOOK 👉 https://buff.ly/2NXpAZL

The class is suitable for all abilities- whether you're the next Lord Leighton or haven't picked up a pencil in years. Just grab some paper and any drawing equipment you can get your hands on and join us for a Draw & Tour experience.

We are delighted to collaborate with Brixton Life Drawing for the launch of their new Draw & Tour online series.

At a time where our beautiful museums and art galleries remain closed, this new series offers exclusive virtual access to very special places (like Leighton House!) and gives everyone the opportunity to immerse into the world of Life Drawing!

📅 THURSDAY 11 MARCH, 7-8:30pm (GMT)
🆓 These sessions are free but donations are highly recommended - 20% of the proceeds of this first evening, will go to The Friends of Leighton House
BOOK 👉 https://buff.ly/2NXpAZL

The class is suitable for all abilities- whether you're the next Lord Leighton or haven't picked up a pencil in years. Just grab some paper and any drawing equipment you can get your hands on and join us for a Draw & Tour experience.

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  • We celebrate two unique Victorian artists: Frederic , Lord Leighton (1830-1896) and Edward Linley Sambourne (1844 - 1906)

  • Through their work, lives and passions and the remarkable homes and studios they created, we devise and deliver inspiring and inclusive ways into a world of art, history and creativity rooted in Victorian London.

  • Our dynamic programmes are for everyone, and include music, exhibitions and events, exploring these houses, their collections and the story of the surrounding artistic community, known as the ‘Holland Park Circle’.

  • We preserve and care for this legacy for the enjoyment and enrichment of present and future generations, while revealing meaningful connections with the contemporary world.
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