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. #LeightonandSambourne
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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 practically intact. It showcases a selection of his most memorable works for the Punch magazine as well as Linley’s vast collection of photographs.

Operating as usual

28/07/2020

For the fifth talk of this series hosted by Yunus Emre Enstitüsü - London and Leighton House we are joined by Bilen Işıktaş, as he talks about his musical journey with the Oud and Turkish music culture. The talk will be moderated by Rachel Beckles Willson.

28/07/2020
Artists in conversation: Bilen Işıktaş

For the fifth talk of this series hosted by Yunus Emre Enstitüsü - London and Leighton House we are joined by Bilen Işıktaş, as he talks about his musical journey with the Oud and Turkish music culture. The talk will be moderated by Rachel Beckles Willson.

28/07/2020
Bilen Işıktaş - Can Olgun kısa video

Very excited about tonight's Artists in Conversation talk. Join us at 6pm and find out more about the musical journey of acclaimed oud player, author and professor Bilen Işıktaş.

Bilen has taken part in major artistic events with his oud around the world and has conducted research and published papers related to sociology of music, historical musicology, Ottoman/Turkish music, the effect of modernization on music culture, and popular culture. The talk will be introduced and moderated by Rachel Beckles Willson, a composer, multi-instrumentalist and researcher/

Registration is essential on Eventbrite but don't forget that the talk will also be live streamed via Facebook & YouTube. In collaboration with Yunus Emre Enstitüsü - London

Register: https://buff.ly/307xCCA

Listen to Bilen's music:

TRT Müzik kanalında yayınlanan "Her Yerde Müzik" adlı eski bir programdan.

Leighton House and Sambourne House's cover photo
28/07/2020

Leighton House and Sambourne House's cover photo

Are you interested in #historicwallpapers? Would you like to know when and where they originated from or which are the c...
27/07/2020

Are you interested in #historicwallpapers? Would you like to know when and where they originated from or which are the current most-seeked patters by interior designers and trend-setters?

Join freelance curator, lecturer and writer Joanna Banham tomorrow as she is hosting a new Ask Me a Question day on our Instagram account. Send your questions via stories and stay tuned for fascinating insights and perhaps inspiration for your next #interiordesign project?

Joanna Banham has over 25-year experience in the arts, directing and creating public programmes, and in a curatorial capacity. She has curated historic wallpaper collections at the Whitworth Art Gallery and Arthur Sanderson & Sons. She has worked for several renowned organisations like the V&A, the NPG, Tate Britain and the Royal Academy and was Curator of Leighton House from 1989-1992. She has edited and written several books on art and design – including William Morris & the Middle Ages (1986), Victorian Interior Design (2000), Encyclopaedia of Interior Design – 2 vols (2002), Dictionary of Artists Models (2006). She is currently Director of the Victorian Society of America Summer School and lectures regularly for the Arts Society and many universities.

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In collaboration with the Yunus Emre Institute, our Artists in Conversation series explores the rich range of classical ...
25/07/2020

In collaboration with the Yunus Emre Institute, our Artists in Conversation series explores the rich range of classical and traditional arts & crafts of #Turkey, bringing together celebrated contemporary artists. The online talks showcase Leighton’s appreciation of Turkish culture and highlight the work of the Institute.⠀⠀⠀

For our final talk, we are joined by a renowned Oud player Bilen Işıktaş on Tuesday 28 July 2020, 6pm as he talks about his musical journey with the Oud and Turkish music culture. The talk will be moderated by composer, multi-instrumentalist and widely-published researcher Rachel Beckles Willson.

This event is FREE but registration is ESSENTIAL via Eventbrite - follow this linkl: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/artists-in-conversation-bilen-isktas-tickets-114171792906

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#onlinelearning #traditionalcrafs #artsandcrafts

Planning a lazy Saturday in bed?The principal bedroom in Sambourne House was originally papered with a Morris design but...
25/07/2020

Planning a lazy Saturday in bed?

The principal bedroom in Sambourne House was originally papered with a Morris design but in 1887 was completely redecorated by house furnishers and decorators, Maple & Co. The work included 'striping off ceiling and walls, washing off cornice, stopping and preparing ceiling and walls for paper, lining ceiling and providing and hanging Japanese paper on same'.

A picture rail was fitted and above it was hung the lincrusta frieze still in place. An elegant new fire surround was installed and the large ebonised wardrobe fitted permanently into position.

Most of the original furniture remains today, including the brass bed and ebonised suite of wardrobe, dressing table, bedside table and towel rail.

#victorianhouse #victorianartist #wallpapers #historicwallpapers #meetthesambournes #victorianillustration #cartoonillustration #housebeautiful

21/07/2020
Artists in conversation: Ayesha Gamiet

For the fourth talk of the series, we are joined by Ayesha Gamiet on Tuesday 21st July 2020 at 18:00 as she talks about her artistic journey and the art of Islamic Manuscript Illumination.

Leighton House might still be closed but highlights of our collections are now available via the Museums's app @smartify...
18/07/2020
Smartify Tour: Frederic Leighton in 6 Artworks

Leighton House might still be closed but highlights of our collections are now available via the Museums's app @smartifyorg. Browse our special selection of fifty artworks, with accompanying interpretation written specifically for the platform.

Also, don't miss the audio tour “Frederic Leighton in 6 Artworks”, beautifully curated by our Assistant Curator, Hannah Lund, which introduces the artist and tells the story of his successful career through six key artworks in the collection.

https://buff.ly/2WqGMI5

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This tour provides an introduction to Frederic Leighton through six key artworks from the museum's collection. Join Hannah Lund, Assistant Curator on a tour...

In collaboration with the Yunus Emre Institute, our Artists in Conversation series explores the rich range of classical ...
17/07/2020
Artists in conversation: Ayesha Gamiet

In collaboration with the Yunus Emre Institute, our Artists in Conversation series explores the rich range of classical and traditional arts & crafts of Turkey, bringing together celebrated contemporary artists. The online talks showcases Leighton’s appreciation of Turkish culture and highlight the work of the Institute.⠀⠀

Join us on Tuesday 21 July, as we discuss with Illumination artist Ayesha Gamiet her artistic journey and the art of Islamic Illumination.

Artists in Conversation Guest Speaker: Ayesha Gamiet (Illumination)
Moderator: @zeynepiqbalkayani
Date: Tuesday 21st July 2020
Time: 6 PM (BST) Online Webinar via ZOOM
This event is FREE but registration is ESSENTIAL: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/artists-in-conversation-ayesha-gamiet-tickets-113051885232

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#turkishculture

Artists in Conversation: Ayesha Gamiet

Believe it or not...it is #WorldEmojiDay and our special Leighton emoji joins the celebrations! He is the host of our Cr...
17/07/2020

Believe it or not...it is #WorldEmojiDay and our special Leighton emoji joins the celebrations! He is the host of our Create & Make series, as part of our #LearningFromHome programme, which explores famous artworks and inspiring spaces in Leighton House and encourages everyone to get creative.

Download the activity sheets from our website or watch the Stories from Leighton House videos by London Dreamtime on our YouTube channel.

Learning from Home: https://buff.ly/351T37I
Stories from Leighton House: https://buff.ly/2C7xTMB

Which Victorian artist do you think would look good as an emoji?

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.#OTD The Graphic, Saturday 16 July 1881, p.26“The Prince and the Princess of Wales were present at the Royal Review hel...
16/07/2020

.#OTD The Graphic, Saturday 16 July 1881, p.26

“The Prince and the Princess of Wales were present at the Royal Review held on Saturday. On Monday the Prince and Princess returned to Marlborough House, and Princesses Victoria, Sophie and Margaret of Prussia called and remained to lunch. In the afternoon the Prince and Princess went to a party given by Sir Frederick Leighton President of the RA in Holland Park …”

Image: Narcissus Hall, Illustrated Biographies, 1882

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We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend and supporter John Schaeffer. He was a passionate art col...
15/07/2020

We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend and supporter John Schaeffer. He was a passionate art collector, with a special interest in the Pre-Raphaelites and was a great admirer of Leighton’s work and the house itself.

John’s involvement with Leighton House spanned over 20 years and was expressed in many different ways, through his support of additions to the permanent collection, restoration work and the current Hidden Gem to National Treasure project.

A wonderfully generous and kind man, our thoughts are with his family and friends in Australia.

Image credit: Evert Ploeg, John Schaeffer AO - Art Collector and Philanthropist 2014. National Portrait Gallery, Australia National Portrait Gallery

14/07/2020

Join guest Laurelie Rae for this weeks rendition of "Artists in Conversation" series with Leighton House and Sambourne House and Yunus Emre Enstitüsü - London

The Artists in Conversation series, co-hosted by the Yunus Emre Institute, explores the classical and traditional arts a...
11/07/2020

The Artists in Conversation series, co-hosted by the Yunus Emre Institute, explores the classical and traditional arts and crafts of Turkey. The talks are aimed to showcase Leighton House and Frederic, Lord Leighton’s travels and appreciation of Turkey and highlight the work of the Institute.⠀

For the third talk of the series, we are joined by ceramist Laurelie Rae, originally from Canada and currently based in Istanbul, from where she will discuss highlights of her work and career, span across ceramics, drawing and miniature illustration.

JOIN US on Tuesday 14 July from 6pm (UK time).
Registration is essential on Eventbrite: https://buff.ly/2O9Q9XW

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Ciao! Today we are On the Road to...Italy, as part of our Learning from Home programme to celebrate Leighton's love of t...
10/07/2020

Ciao! Today we are On the Road to...Italy, as part of our Learning from Home programme to celebrate Leighton's love of travel and music. With this series, we share beautiful performances by exceptional musicians and armchair travel with Leighton to some of the countries he loved.

Leighton made a point of visiting his beloved Italy every year, and found the country a constant source of inspiration. It was also in Italy that he made two of the most significant friendships of his life, with the Italian artist Giovanni Costa and the singer Adelaide Sartoris.

We have teamed up with the brilliant classical guitarist Santy Masciarò as he performs two pieces by Italian composers - Sonata K.380 by Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti (1685 – 1757) and Adagio in G Minor by Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni (1671 – 1751).

WATCH THE VIDEO: https://buff.ly/38HqJKR
EXPLORE ON THE ROAD SERIES: https://buff.ly/351T37I
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~ MUSEUMS REOPENING UPDATE  ~At Leighton House and Sambourne House we are assessing the current situation and working al...
03/07/2020

~ MUSEUMS REOPENING UPDATE ~

At Leighton House and Sambourne House we are assessing the current situation and working alongside Kensington and Chelsea Council to establish when our museums can be safely reopened.

We look forward to welcoming you all very soon!

Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and subscribe to our mailing list to receive regular updates about our collections, future projects and exciting collaborations.

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Today we launch a new episode of ON THE ROAD...CELEBRATING FREDERIC, LORD LEIGHTON’S LOVE OF TRAVEL AND MUSIC. This prog...
03/07/2020

Today we launch a new episode of ON THE ROAD...CELEBRATING FREDERIC, LORD LEIGHTON’S LOVE OF TRAVEL AND MUSIC. This programme of films and travelogues features beautiful performances by exceptional musicians and armchair travel with Leighton to some of the countries he loved.

This week we are on the road to...SPAIN

Leighton's visited Spain at least four times, between 1865 and 1869. His attraction for the Peninsula, although fascinating, is little-researched and it is only known through half a dozen landscape studies, often unidentified, and a lecture given to the students of the Royal Academy in 1889.

Learn more from The Harkan Duo as they perform 'Asturias' a beautiful piece by Spanish composer Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909). Despite the name, the music is not considered suggestive of the folk music of the northern Spanish region of Asturias, but rather of Andalusian traditions, a region that Leighton depicted in many of his delicate colour sketches.

WATCH THE PERFORMANCE: https://buff.ly/31EtKtF

Image Credit: Frederic Leighton, A View in Spain, c.1866
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Harkan: Harp & Kanun Duet

Joey, a student from our local Holland Park School, shows you how to make a beautiful 3D flower inspired by the story of...
02/07/2020

Joey, a student from our local Holland Park School, shows you how to make a beautiful 3D flower inspired by the story of Leighton's Clytie.

You will only need:

1. One pipe cleaner or cotton buds or rolled up paper for the stem
2. Material (an old t-shirt or dish cloth) or paper for the petals
3. Scissors and glue for assembly

Follow these 6 steps & share your creations with us!
Step 1
Initial planning – write notes, plan out and measure your design
Step 2
Cut out your petal and leaf shapes to size based on measurements in your plan
Step 3
Lay out your petal shapes in shape of the flower, taking care to overlap the petals.
Secure in place with glue
Step 4
Make a stem, stamen and pistils using pipe cleaners. Push the stem through the centre of the petals. Glue the stamen and pistils in place in the centre of your flower
Step 5
Sew or glue the leaf shapes in place
Step 6
Your Narcissus flower is complete! Why not experiment making more flowers?

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30/06/2020
Artists in Conversation: Soraya Syed

With the collaboration of Yunus Emre Enstitüsü - London,Leighton House and Sambourne House, tune in to the webinar from last Thursday "Artists in Conversation: Soraya Syed".

Soraya Syed is a classically trained calligrapher, renown artist and filmmaker. Last week she hosted our second Artists ...
30/06/2020

Soraya Syed is a classically trained calligrapher, renown artist and filmmaker. Last week she hosted our second Artists in Conversation online talk, in partnership with Yunus Emre Enstitüsü.

If you could't join us last Thursday, don't despair! Her inspiring presentation about her journey into the artistic path of calligraphy, including her solo exhibition at Leighton House and a Google commission to design hundreds of unique 3D cards, will be broadcasted today at 6pm from our Facebook and YouTube channels.

Our next Artists in Converstation online event will take place next Tuesday 7 July, keep an eye on our social media for more details! The prgramme is aimed at showcasing Leighton House and Frederic, Lord Leighton’s travels and appreciation of Turkey and highlighting the work of Yunus Emre Institute.

Today's #OnlineArtExchange by Art UK is dedicated to Maritime themes.Frederic Leighton’s 'Greek Girls Picking Up Pebbles...
25/06/2020

Today's #OnlineArtExchange by Art UK is dedicated to Maritime themes.

Frederic Leighton’s 'Greek Girls Picking Up Pebbles by the Sea', 1871 is one of his most extraordinary compositions for the depiction of draperies which arch and loop around the figures. Leighton was the great master of drapery, using it to heighten the decorative, almost abstract quality of the picture.

The painting is currently in the private collection of Jose Antonio Pérez Simón however in 2014 it returned to Leighton House for the acclaimed exhibiton 'A Victorian Obsession', alongside other famous artworks of the period by renown artists including Alma-Tadema, Burne-Jones or Rossetti.

Did you visit the exhibition? What was your favourite painting?

Image credits: The Pérez Simón collection, Mexico ©Studio Sébert Photographes

Our Create & Make series explore famous artworks in Leighton House and encourage everyone to get creative! Check our Lea...
25/06/2020

Our Create & Make series explore famous artworks in Leighton House and encourage everyone to get creative! Check our Learning from Home section on the website, download the activity sheets or watch the videos inspired by Greek myths and legends depicted by Leighton, on our YouTube channel.

Today we are sharing some wonderfully creative responses to the stories of Narcissus, Orpheus & Eurydice and Clytemnestra from students Mustafa, Luciano and Albie.

Why don't you share yours? Don't forget to tag us Leighton House Museum

Learning from Home: https://buff.ly/351T37I
Stories from Leighton House with Vanessa Woolf: https://buff.ly/2w96ztI

#heritagefunduk #MuseumsFromHome

The Artists in Conversation series, co-hosted by the Yunus Emre Institute, explores the classical and traditional arts a...
23/06/2020

The Artists in Conversation series, co-hosted by the Yunus Emre Institute, explores the classical and traditional arts and crafts of Turkey. The talks are aimed to showcase Leighton House and Frederic, Lord Leighton’s travels and appreciation of Turkey and highlight the work of the Institute.⠀

For the second talk of the series, we are joined by Soraya Syed, a classically trained calligrapher, artist and filmmaker, as she talks about her journey to the artistic path of Calligraphy.⠀

JOIN US this Thursday 25 June from 6pm (UK time). Registration is essential:
https://buff.ly/37TkoLO

Happy Father’s Day!Linley Sambourne was devoted to his son and daughter, Roy and Maud. He was well known for having a sp...
21/06/2020

Happy Father’s Day!

Linley Sambourne was devoted to his son and daughter, Roy and Maud. He was well known for having a special rapport with little children and his own grew up adoring him.

The children were mentioned very often in Linley’s letters. In April 1883 his wife Marion had taken Maud to the country for a week and Linley sent her daily reports on Roy then aged 4 left in London with himself and Nurse:

'Pleased to hear you got down safely and dear little Maud enjoying herself picking flowers. Roy well good and happy, not heard to cry since you went. He had twice of everything at dinner – 2 muttons, two potatoes, two oranges and two goes of water and washed after and is now heavily sleeping it off. Shall be thankful to have you home again, and dear little Maud too...'

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12 Holland Park Road
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W14 8LZ

High Street Kensington / Kensington Olympia Buses: C1, 9,23, 27, 28, 49, 328 Parking: Metered car parking is limited on Holland Park Road and surrounding streets. The Holland Park car park off Abbotsbury Road is approximately ten minutes' walk away.

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Monday 10:00 - 17:30
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:30
Thursday 10:00 - 17:30
Friday 10:00 - 17:30
Saturday 10:00 - 17:30
Sunday 10:00 - 17:30

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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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