This museum is included in the list of:
Famous London People Museums and Houses.
Reopened April 2010
The reopening is accompanied by a special exhibition of Leighton's own collection of paintings, which have been brought together for the reopening including important loans from the National Gallery and Tate. The collection includes works by many of Leighton's contemporaries such as Burne-Jones, Millais, Alma-Tadema, and Albert Moore.
About Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-96)
Leighton moved to London in 1859 and commissioned this building that year as his studio and home. He lived here for the rest of his life, with other famous artists, such as Millais and Alma-Tadema in the area too.
Leighton became President of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1878 and was knighted in the same year.
He was buried at St. Paul's Cathedral in 1986.
After his death, his sisters tried to sell the house but wanted it to became a museum of his works. This made it hard to sell and they then made the decision to sell all of the contents at auction. The curators of the museum have been tracking down as many artworks as possible for a true reconstruction of his home and have commissioned some replicas where necessary. At the time of his death, the building was know as his 'Private Palace of Art' and London's 'poor' were even allowed to buy tickets to see the ground floor when he was away.
The Arab Hall is decorated with Leighton's collection of 1,000 tiles from Syria, Turkey, and Persia, and is based on a surviving twelfth century Moorish/Norman palace called La Zisa in Palermo, Sicily.