Leighton and the Middle East
Artist, traveller and celebrity of the nineteenth century, Frederic Leighton (1830-1896) was all of these things.
His journeys inspired both his artwork and his magnificent home in London. His travels to the Middle East had a particular impact, and resulted in the construction of the Arab Hall in his home. This room contains stunning examples of Islamic art from all periods as well as exquisite Victorian architecture and decoration.
All this sits alongside the house and studio that he had built specially, and is a fascinating glimpse into the life of a successful Victorian artist.
The house, now a museum, is a unique and vital historical record of two very different artistic heritages. This website allows you to:
- Explore Leighton House for yourself with the fully interactive virtual tour
- Learn about Leighton, his travels, his home and his art inspired by the Middle East
- Learn about Islamic art
- Find out about societies and empires in the nineteenth century
Be inspired to come and visit this unique house for yourself!
Panoramic Virtual Tour
Click and drag with your mouse to see panoramas of the Arab Hall.