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Restoration of Leighton House

Yesterday’s Guardian had a great double-page spread on Leighton House (12 Holland Park Road, W14) and its ongoing restoration. Originally built in the 19th century to designs by architect George Aitchison as a home for Lord Leighton, a painter and sculptor, it was extended considerably over the next few decades. The article talks about of house as well as discussing the gossip over Lord Leighton and his private relationships (or lack there of).

Leighton House is now a museum which houses many paintings (and other artwork) by Lord Leighton himself, as well as pieces by other artists. As mentioned, it is currently undergoing a £1.6 million restoration and is due to re-open on 3rd April 2010. It’s well worth a visit – not only for the art it houses, but also for the House itself, particularly its stunningly unique Arab Hall.

Leighton House is also the official home of the Kensington & Chelsea Music Society, who are holding this season concert’s elsewhere in the Royal Borough whilst the refurbishment takes place – and are due to the return to Leighton House for the 2010/11 season.

If you happen to still have a copy of the paper, do take a look – the photo online doesn’t do the beautiful hall justice.

Article: Backstairs keep their secrets as home of a giant of Victorian art reopens (22nd December 2009, The Guardian)

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