The reign of Queen Victoria witnessed a spectacular rise in the wealth and prestige of English artists and designers, particularly in London. A circle of artists who established their studios in the new district of Holland Park was formed around GF Watts, Frederic Leighton, Valentine Prinsep, Luke Fildes, Hamo Thornycroft and William Burges. Their red-brick studiohouses, designed by prominent architects including George Aitchison, Norman Shaw and Philip Webb, created a distinctive type of London building. Show Sundays – when the public were invited into the studios – became part of the London Season, and the artists were treated as celebrities, posing ‘at home’ for magazines.
Lecture by Caroline Dakers