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Leighton House Museum

12 Holland Park Road
W14 8LZ
Tel: +44(0)20 7602 3316
Fax: +44(0)20 7371 2467
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Leighton House was the home of Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830 - 1896) and one of the most remarkable buildings of the 19th century. Built to designs by George Aitchison, the house was extended and embellished over the next 30 years to create a private palace of art. The Arab Hall houses Leighton’s priceless collection of over 1,000 Syrian tiles and important works by Leighton and his contemporaries are on display.

The Leighton Drawings Project
In 2004 Leighton House Museum was awarded a grant, by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, for a six-month project to compile an online catalogue of all drawings by Lord Leighton in public collections worldwide. This initial project was devoted to bringing together information on drawings not held at Leighton House Museum.

The Leighton Drawings Collection
The following year the museum received a further grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project to conserve, photograph, fully catalogue and exhibit the Leighton House Drawings Collection. The catalogue records have been added to the online database. The database allows all Leighton’s studies for a particular work to be compared and viewed alongside one other as well as alongside the finished works they relate to. The project has culminated in a touring exhibition, educational events, and a conference on Victorian drawing, held between 2006 and 2008. The touring exhibition of the drawings, which opened at the Museum in November 2006, travels to Scarborough Art Gallery (Leighton’s home town), Bristol Museum, the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in Bournemouth, and the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery in Glasgow. It is accompanied by a fully illustrated printed catalogue, available from Leighton House Museum.

Further Information
Leighton House Museum is closed for refurbishment until the end of 2009. During the closure period, the public will not be able to access any part of the Museum or the Garden.

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