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A talk exploring Orientalist eclecticism in architecture through the work and 'house beautiful' of artists Frederic Church and Lord Leighton.

This talk by independent american scholar Rebekah Coffman, centres on themes of American Orientalism as seen through the work of New York-based artist Frederic Church (1826-1900) and his home, Olana, in the Hudson Valley of New York.

This will be considered in contrast to the life and work of Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896) and his home in West London.

Frederic Church was an American landscape painter whose magisterial scenes are layered with Orientalist themes stemming from his Protestant religious beliefs. His home became his ultimate form of self-expression and is a prime example of Orientalist eclecticism in architecture.

This talk considers how these elements of Church’s work were expressed in his personal residence while exploring the relationship and key distinctions between American and British approaches to Orientalism.

In collaboration with The Barakat Trust.

Doors open at 6:30pm; talk will start at 7pm - please note that the ticket price includes access to the Museum and the talk.


Leighton House Museum

12 Holland Park Road, London, Greater London, W14 8LZ

020 7602 3316


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Please note that Leighton House Museum is currently closed during the week due to their Hidden Gem to National Treasure restoration project. Open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 5:30pm

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