Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery guided tours
July 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
A special guided tour for the Friends of Leighton at the newly restored Sir John Soane’s Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery.
Pitzhanger Manor, built between 1800 and 1804, is a rare and spectacular example of a building designed, built and lived in by Sir John Soane himself. With its stripped classical detail, canopy domed ceilings, radical decorative paint schemes and inventive use of space and light, Pitzhanger features many architectural elements that Soane adapted for his later buildings including Dulwich Picture Gallery and his city home in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. It reopened in March to the public for the first time in over three years. The conservation and restoration project peeled back layers of history, extensions and overpainting, returning Pitzhanger to Soane’s original design, now visible for the first time in over 175 years.
Soane’s kitchen block has been upgraded to create Pitzhanger Gallery, a beautiful display space flooded with natural light. In the first exhibition Anish Kapoor is presenting a series of sculptures that echo Soane’s complex use of mirrors and light to double and dissolve space.
We are very fortunate that the tours will be led by Pitzhanger’s director, Clare Gough and by the curator of the Anish Kapoor, John Leslie.
Numbers will be restricted to 20.