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About the museums

Tucked away in Holland Park, a leafy neighbourhood in West London, stand Leighton House and Sambourne House. Combining living and studio space, the houses remain largely unchanged today. They are the extraordinary legacies left by two ‘celebrities’ of the late Victorian era – Frederic Lord Leighton (1830-1896) and Edward Linley Sambourne (1844 -1910).

Leighton and Sambourne lived as neighbours for over 20 years and had many acquaintances in common. They were widely known to their contemporaries; Leighton as the most prominent artist of his day, a celebrated painter and president of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sambourne as Chief Cartoonist at the infamous satirical magazine Punch. Their similar tastes were reflected in the furnishing of their homes, both filled with sculpture, blue and white ceramics and glassware. But if we delve beyond the physical artefacts, what do we know about these men, their lives and careers, and why do their former homes capture our imagination today?

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What did they have in common and what separated them?
Discover more about the community of artists that grew up around Leighton House in the late nineteenth century. 

Leighton House

Go to Leighton House

Leighton House is the former home and studio of the leading Victorian artist, Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896).

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Meet Frederic Leighton (1830-1896) the painter, sculptor and public figure who lived at 12 Holland Park Road.
Discover how Leighton's home came to embody the idea of how a great artist should live.
Discover this transformative project.
Learn more about the most iconic room of Leighton House with expert Melanie Gibson.
Leighton House’s diverse interiors makes it one of the most photogenic locations in London

Sambourne House

Go to Sambourne House

Previously known as 18 Stafford Terrace, from 1875 it was the home of Punch cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne (1844 - 1910).

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Meet Edward Linley Sambourne (1844-1910) the illustrator and photographer who lived at 18 Stafford Terrace. 
Find out why Sambourne House is a fine example of a 'House Beautiful'.
Linley Sambourne married Marion Herapath in 1874 and moved into 18 Stafford Terrace shortly afterwards.
Watch our series of videos with special guests exploring Victorian life and work at the Sambournes'.
Shoot your next project at Sambourne House.

Explore our collections

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Explore our collections online.

Getting here

Leighton House and Sambourne House reopen on 15 October

 

Leighton House: 12 Holland Park Road, London W14 8LZ

Sambourne House: 18 Stafford Terrace, London W8 7BH

Nearest tube stations: Kensington (Olympia), High Street Kensington

Buses: 9, 23, 27, 28, 49, 328, C1 

Reopening our doors
Leighton House and Sambourne House museums shown in the map