Leighton House Museum – Palatine String Quartet.
The evening proved to be a very special event. Palatine String Quartet performed for a private party for a small number of guests to celebrate the reunification of Lord Leighton’s 3 masterpieces where they were originally painted, (including the beautiful Flaming June). The house itself is home to a wonderful collection of works of art from the Pre Raphelite era, including 81 by Leighton himself. The house also includes elaborate oriental interiors.
Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). The only purpose-built studio-house open to the public in the United Kingdom, it is one of the most remarkable buildings of the nineteenth century, containing a fascinating collection of paintings and sculpture by Leighton and his contemporaries.
Built to Leighton’s precise requirements, the house was extended and embellished over the 30 years that he lived in it. From modest beginnings it grew into a ‘private palace of art’ featuring the extraordinary Arab Hall with its golden dome, intricate mosaics and walls lined with beautiful Islamic tiles. Upstairs, Leighton’s vast painting studio was one of the sights of London, filled with paintings in different stages of completion, the walls hung with examples of his work and lit by a great north window. Many of the most prominent figures of the Victorian age were entertained in this room; including Queen Victoria herself who called on Leighton in 1859. But Leighton lived alone in his palace, occupying the house’s only bedroom on the first floor.
Palatine String Quartet are available to hire in London for private parties, corporate functions and weddings. Please visit their website at http://www.palatinestringquartet.co.uk or call on 07957 423557.
Palatine String Quartet perform a wide variety of music including classical and modern pop/rock repertoire. They can also write new arrangements of songs to tailor to the specific needs of clients.