The Arts Society Betchworth

Sadly, while the pandemic continues, the Society is unable to offer their usual monthly lectures in Betchworth Village Hall. However, our specially commissioned, on-line lectures by Zoom are proving extremely popular.

MONDAY 19th July at 2.30 pm.

A Private Palace of Art: Frederick Leighton’s Studio House

Frederic Leighton’s studio-house (now Leighton House Museum) is one of the most remarkable buildings of the nineteenth-century.

First built in the 1860s, Leighton continued to extend and embellish his home over the next thirty years, transforming what had been a relatively modest house into a palace of art. The construction of the exotic Arab Hall, lined with Islamic tiles collected as Leighton travelled through the Middle East brought new fame to the house.

This lecture explores Leighton’s motivations in lavishing such attention on the construction of his home and how it came to embody the idea of how a Great Artist should live.

Our lecturer Daniel Robbins is Senior Curator, Museums with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and is responsible for two of London’s most significant house museums: Leighton House Museum and 18 Stafford Terrace. He was responsible for leading the award-winning project to restore the historic interiors of the house completed between 2008 and 2010 and is now leading a £7 million refurbishment project addressing the additions made to the building in the twentieth century. 

Join us on Monday, July 19th at 2.30pm for this stimulating, illustrated lecture. It is free for members but do come as a visitor for £5. All you need is a PC, laptop or tablet, a comfy chair and your favourite tipple!

Please email Pat Frankland or call Pat on 01737 842028. 

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