Leighton House Museum

RosesOn Saturday I went to Leighton House, the Holland Park home of Victorian artist Frederic Leighton.  It is, without doubt, one of London’s hidden highlights… full of pattern and colour completely at odds with the exterior (I should point out its not the exterior above, I just liked the pinkness of the Roses).  Possibly the main reason it is such a surprise is because they kindly ask you not to take photos – something I was asked to do after about three minutes of heavy snapping!The Arab HallThe Arab Hall (above) was a textile designers heaven, with tiles decorated with calligraphy  from Damascus and lattice woodwork from Cairo.  There were also several stained glass windows in jewel colours and black and white striped walls.  I also particularly liked the turquoise stairwell that had glossy black woodwork and gold lettering above the doorways.  Much to my delight there was also an exhibition of photographs entitled Studio Sittings – Photographing Royal Academicians, looking at Anne Purkiss’ images of contemporary RA’s at work in their studios together with their Victorian counterparts.  Below is my favourite, a portrait of abstract painter Sandra Blow.
Sandra Blow Sir Joseph Edgar BoehamAbove: Natty attire, Below: A gorgeous green and painted floorboards

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