Leighton House is one of the most extraordinary Victorian buildings in the country, the vision of Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896), President of the Royal Academy, who lived there for 30 years. Behind its unassuming exterior lies a kaleidoscope of art forms, ideas and cultural references, expressed vividly across the extraordinary suite of interiors and Leighton’s art collections.
The house was designed by his great friend, the architect George Aitchison RA as a showcase for artistic taste and to entertain and impress the foremost artists, collectors and celebrities of the day.
Join art history guide, Imogen Pasley-Tyler for her ‘virtual exploration' of Leighton House and discover fascinating insights into some of its iconic spaces like the Arab Hall, dressed with mosaic floors and tiled walls, or the grand north-facing studio, where the artist produced all the works of his mature career.
About Imogen Pasley-Tyler
Having read art history at Edinburgh University, specialising in Fin de Siecle Paris, Imogen has since extended her focus on late 19th Century art to incorporate British and Italian art of the same period. The former through her work with Leighton House Museum and the latter at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art. Alongside this she has worked as a researcher at Bridgeman Images and subsequently at Context Travel, devising, and leading, art historical walks in London, taking in all of the major and many of the more obscure art galleries in the city.
She is currently enrolled on an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies with a desire to further explore the connections between art and the mind in the Modernist period. She also works part-time as a gardener with a historical interest in the genius of Gertrude Jekyll.