It amazes me how things connect with Morris and my own life. They were all contemporaries of Morris and this is the print that I just had to have and that Larry gave me ten years ago for my 50th birthday - 'Corner of the Villa' by Edward Poynter who happened to be a close friend of Leighton for much of his life……..
I have just found this fascinating text about Leighton and Poynter and it turns out they painted together as young boys. It mentions their mutual respect of each other and that they were both gentlemen …and then to also read that my other favourite artist Millais was also a close friend. In fact they were all Royal Academy Presidents at one time and they now rest side by side buried in St Pauls Cathedral. Another serendipitous moment for me! You can read more yourself HERE.
No photos were allowed inside but the memories will last forever.
A quick walk around the corner and we viewed another house - the home of Punch artist Linley Sambourne. Again no photos were allowed but this five story home was covered in Morris wallpapers!…….
Just a short drive away as we passed more Kensington homes we arrived at the Victoria and Albert Museum where we had an informative talk about the connection to Morris. I will let the photos do the talking………..
Some popped over to Harrods before our tour!……...
dinner in the Morris room……..
More tomorrow x