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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?

Leighton and Sambourne: artists and neighbours

What did they have in common and what separated them?

The Holland Park Circle

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).

Frederic Leighton

Meet Frederic Leighton (1830-1896) the painter, sculptor and public figure who lived at 12 Holland Park Road.

History of Leighton House

Discover how Leighton's home came to embody the idea of how a great artist should live.

Leighton's travels

Discover how travelling influenced his work and his unique house.

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Filming and photo shoots - Leighton House

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).

Linley Sambourne

Meet Edward Linley Sambourne (1844-1910) the illustrator and photographer who lived at 18 Stafford Terrace. 

Meet the Sambournes

Linley Sambourne married Marion Herapath in 1874 and moved into 18 Stafford Terrace shortly afterwards.

The interiors of Sambourne House

Find out why Sambourne House is a fine example of a 'House Beautiful'.

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Filming and photo shoots - Sambourne House

Shoot your next project at Sambourne House

Getting here

Leighton House and Sambourne House are currently closed.

We look forward to welcoming you all when we reopen in the spring.

 

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 

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