What better location to have the WOOLF studio shoot than the fabulous and famous Leighton House in Kensington, London, one of the most remarkable houses of the nineteenth century. Leighton House was the former home of the Victorian artist and style-innovator, Lord Frederic Leighton (1830-1896). The house is now a fascinating museum containing a collection of paintings and sculpture by Fredric Leighton and his contemporaries of the Holland park circle.
The house was extended and embellished over the 30 years that Leighton lived in it. From modest beginnings Leighton House evolved into and was referred to as a 'private palace of art’. The Arab Hall with its grand golden dome, intricate mosaics and walls lined with beautiful Islamic tiles explores Turkish and Syrian interiors. The Arabic opulence is a sharp contrast with the beautifully elegant Silk Room and the lavish, red Victorian dinning room. The vast painting studio was at the time, considered one of the sights of London. It is hung with paintings at different stages of completion. The construction of the space plays strongly with contrasts of light and height by using the great north window, which overlooks the elegant English country garden, as a focal point.