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19 April 2011

Pop in to Orleans House Gallery

The Orleans House Gallery is Richmond Borough's municipal art gallery. It is based in what remains of Orleans House, built in the 18th century, by Secretary of State for Scotland James Johnston.

The house was owned by various members of the establishment through the ages, and was also rented by Louis Philippe Duc d’Orleans, who later became King of France, whilst he was exiled from France. Today, the Gallery occupies a wing off the house's famous Octagon, which is available as a wedding venue, and also the 19th century stable block to the rear of the house. The rest of the buildings were demolished in 1926.

The remains were bought by a Mrs Levy, who later became Mrs Nellie Ionides, who was an avid collector and subsequently, when she died in 1962, she left the property and her art to the Borough.

Richmond now hosts five temporary exhibitions a year in the main gallery and seven contemporary and community exhibitions a year in the stables, attracting over 56,000 visitors a year.

For more see, http://www.richmond.gov.uk/orleans_house_gallery


  1. That is a nice part of London there. Orleans House has got a good garden, too (just a nice place to sit)--I like the woodland bit that's between Orleans House and Marble Hill Park. There's a cafe in the stables, too.

  2. Don’t forget it’s the luxury Christmas Fair at Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham tomorrow. If you are looking for distinctive seasonal gifts, please come along. Its free admission and open from 2.00pm until 7.00pm. There will be free festive nibbles and mulled wine!

    Tomorrow is also the first day of the Stables Gallery Richmond Printmakers exhibition Points of View and you can visit the stunning Madge Gill: Medium & Visionary retrospective in the main gallery.

    020 8831 6000


  3. I agree that the Madge Gill exhibition is not to be missed. Two floors of beautiful detailed artworks that offer vistas of other worlds. Also loans from the College of Psychic Studies - mysterious spirit photos and more! Hurry along and visit! Its free admisison too!