After a nationwide poll initiated on Valentine’s Day in 2017, the former home and studio of Victorian painter and sculptor Lord Leighton was revealed as the winner from a shortlist of 10 institutions and has been added to eHarmony’s Great Date Guide, which ‘recommends inspiring locations for memorable experiences’.
On winning the poll, Daniel Robbins, Senior Curator of Leighton House Museum, said: ‘We see many couples come to experience the beautiful and intimate surroundings of Leighton’s private palace of art. Whether it’s discovering the house together for the first time or on a romantic date, the house always seems to work its magic – some even use it as a venue for their wedding celebrations. So, we are thrilled and honoured to have been chosen by Art Fund, eHarmony and the public as the UK’s most romantic museum.’
Located near the Design Museum and Holland Park, Leighton House Museum is an opulent ode to 19th-century art. From the awe-inspiring Arab Hall designed to display Leighton’s collection of Islamic tiles to the magnificent north-facing painting studio, it’s a fascinating time capsule to the late-Victorian period and the ideal location for a romantic rendezvous.
As well as the permanent collection of oil paintings, drawings and sculptures, the museum hosts temporary exhibitions. Their landmark show Flaming June: The Making of an Icon, saw the return of what is probably Leighton’s most famous and celebrated work, Flaming June (1895), which was acquired by Luis A. Ferré, Governor of Puerto Rico in 1963. The painting’s remarkable story from creation and period of disappearance to becoming one of the most reproduced images in British art was explored alongside four other paintings Leighton produced for the Royal Academy of Arts annual Summer Exhibition in 1895.
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