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Pitzhanger Manor, Joseph Gandy, 1800. © Sir John Soane’s Museum, London.

Pitzhanger Manor in Ealing was the country house of Sir John Soane, one of Britain’s most extraordinary architects

Pitzhanger Manor in Ealing was the country house of Sir John Soane, one of Britain’s most extraordinary architects

With these delightful prospects in view, I wished to make Pitzhanger Manor-house as complete as possible for the future residence of the young Architect, whose classical education and the facilities and advantages he possessed would enable him to distinguish himself above his fellows in the practice of a profession calculated to increase domestic comfort and the refinements of civilised society.

Sir John Soane, 1835

Pitzhanger Manor, in the centre of what was then the village of Ealing, was the country house of Sir John Soane, one of Britain’s most influential architects. He bought Pitzhanger in 1800 in the hope of creating a showcase for his collection and his talents, and a family home for a dynasty of architects, starting with his young sons, John and George.

A manor house had existed on the site of Pitzhanger since the seventeenth century, but in 1768 George Dance was commissioned to build an extension, on which a young John Soane had one of his first architectural apprenticeships. In 1800, when the house came on the market, Soane bought it for £4,500, removing much of the original building but leaving one wing – the extension on which he had worked as a young man.

Pitzhanger Manor, 1768, as extended by George Dance. © Sir John Soane’s Museum, London.

Soane built his Manor between 1800 and 1804: it is a laboratory of his most innovative designs, and a showcase of his talents: he would invite some of the most influential people of the day to dine at Pitzhanger, and used the house to show his clients what he could do for them.

Pitzhanger Manor, by C.J. Richardson, 1832. © Sir John Soane’s Museum, London.

Domestic in scale, Pitzhanger was the Soane family’s country home – he had purchased a home in central London at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, now open as the Sir John Soane’s Museum, and would walk between Pitzhanger and Holborn regularly.

The house and gardens are a lasting testimony to Soane’s skill and imagination as an architect, but the dynasty never materialised. In 1810, when his sons proved a disappointment, Soane sold Pitzhanger, and moved his library and collection of art and antiquities to his London home in Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

The house stayed in private hands until it was sold in 1900 to Ealing District Council. It was open as Ealing’s public library, with a new building, now Pitzhanger Gallery, built on the site of Soane’s kitchen block in 1939. Pitzhanger Manor House and Gallery opened as a heritage attraction in 1987, showing contemporary art exhibitions from 1996. It closed in 2015 for a major conservation project to restore the Manor to Soane’s original designs, and upgrade the contemporary Gallery.

Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery is now open to the public Tuesday – Sunday each week.

You can find out more about Soane and his time at Pitzhanger Manor in our guidebook Pitzhanger Manor: Sir John Soane’s Country Home, available from the Pitzhanger shop (£6.95).

Instagram @pitzhanger

#history,#historicmanor,#pitzhangerhistory,#sirjohnsoane

250 years ago #OnThisDay the English artist Joseph Gandy (RA) was born. 

Gandy was an architectural theorist as well as an artist, sometimes called the ‘English Piranesi’, known mostly for his  painted illustrations of Sir John Soane’s built and unbuilt designs. 

This image, painted by Gandy, shows the Library at Pitzhanger Manor. Soane's plans for the Bank of England lie on the desk and his wife Eliza is visible, standing in the Breakfast room beyond.

Gandy died penniless and forgotten in an asylum in Devon in 1843, but was admired by the Surrealists in the early 20th century. A lot of his works are on permanent display at the Soane Museum in London - the fruits of a 40 year relationship with John Soane.

🎨 The Library, 1802. © @soanemuseum

#josephgandy #piranesi #250anniversary #sirjohnsoane #architecturaldrawings #imaginativepaintings #royalacademy @royalacademyarts
OPEN HOUSE FESTIVAL is back for 2021!

Visit Pitzhanger Manor for FREE over the first two weekends in September as part of the 30th Open House London!

Sir John Soane’s Birthday Festival will take place over 11 + 12 September – a new community weekend for all the family with special events and activities including demonstrations, crafts, dress-up and tours. 

There will be free exterior building tours over both weekends - join us to find out how Soane designed Pitzhanger to reflect his influences and discover the process involved in its restoration. 

Booking advised for guaranteed entry, but some walk-up tickets may be available.

Visit pitzhanger.org.uk to find out more and book your tickets!

@opencitylondon #openhouselondon #opencity #architecture #community #education #birthday #Soane #JohnSoane #Pitzhanger #festival #SoaneRestored #GuidedTour #Heritage #LondonHistory #History #LondonArchitecture
Visit Pitzhanger this summer to discover a vibrant solo exhibition by leading contemporary artist Julian Opie.
 
Walk through the landscape of new sculptures, LED animations, light box paintings and film of people, buildings and animals in Pitzhanger Gallery. Don’t miss the animated walking figure and crows artworks installed outside.
 
A ticket also provides entry to Pitzhanger Manor, the extraordinary country home designed in 1800 by Sir John Soane, the influential British architect.
 
“If you haven’t visited Pitzhanger I really recommend it, a unique place, a gem to be treasured whether a familiar or first time visitor.”
@tinctureofmuseum 
 
Pitzhanger is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm (late opening until 7pm on Thursday)
 
Ealing residents visit FREE all day Wednesdays + Sundays from 10am-12.30pm
 
Find out more and book now at pitzhanger.org.uk
 
#JulianOpie #Opie #Pitzhanger #Soane #JohnSoane #SirJohnSoane #WalpolePark #Ealing #Exhibition #Artwork #London #contemporaryart #Londonart #Architecture #Heritage #Culture #WestLondon
The façade of Pitzhanger made a statement about John Soane as a successful architect and a lover of classical antiquity 🏛
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The design takes its inspiration from the Arch of Constantine in Rome.⠀
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#makeastatement #architecture #classicalarchitecture #facade #pillars #sirjohnsoane #sunnyday
⁣We are thrilled to be joined by an expert panel for the next talk in the Pitzhanger Design Series.⠀
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Max Rollitt, Maria Speake and Tom Bartlett will be joining @countrylifemagazine interiors editor, Giles Kime to talk about Soane's use of architectural detail and form and the influence it has on their own work and today's interiors.⠀
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🏛Max Rollitt is an antique dealer, interior designer and furniture maker.  Find out more @max_rollitt 
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🏛Maria Speake is the co-founder of the architectural salvage warehouse & design studio @retrouvius ⠀
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🏛Tom Bartlett set up the design company @waldoworks known for their contemporary approach to residential, hotel and retail design.⠀
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Join these amazing speakers on 26 May at 6.30pm⠀
Link in bio to book. ⠀
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#pitzhangerdesignseries #interiordesign #architecture #architecturaldetail #johnsoane #sirjohnsoane #onlineevent #paneldiscussion
Warm light, filtered through the coloured glass in the doorway, enriches the marbled paint effects in the Manor’s tribune (hallway) 🟡🔵⠀
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This is what Soane called the 'lumière mystérieuse': the light that gave character to a building.⠀
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#sirjohnsoane #light #warmlight #stainedglass #amber #blue #painteffects #marbling
⁣Red 🔴⠀
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The startling colour of the walls in the small drawing room was intended to set off John Soane’s collection of paintings. ⠀
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The collection included The Refectory at Kirkstall Abbey by #JMWTurner and the series A Rake’s Progress by William #Hogarth.⠀
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Find out more about the 'Power of Paint' next week in the Pitzhanger Design Series discussion on Thursday at 6.30pm. Tickets via link in our bio.⠀
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#red #interiordesign #historicdecoration #paint #sirjohnsoane #Turner #fireplace #marble #thepowerofpaint
One year ago today we witnessed the most fiery winter sunset reflected in Soane’s conservatory.  This insta pic was one of our most popular in 2020 💛

For Soane, the conservatory was one of the parts of the house that offered a moment of drama and surprise, producing: ⠀
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“A succession of beautiful effects, particularly when seen by moonlight or when illuminated, and the lawn enriched with company enjoying the delights of cheerful society” (1833)⠀
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Demolished in 1900, the conservatory today has been rebuilt to Soane’s design.⠀
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#sunset #walpolepark #pitzhanger #conservatory #architecture #sirjohnsoane #soane #restoration #light #reflection #onthisday 
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We are so excited to launch the sale of our last artist in the #ArtistsForPitzhanger series - @othellodesouzahartley 

We are selling 40 limited edition prints of #Form – available until Thursday 29th October

Form
2020
Archival Digital Print
76cm x 51cm
Edition of 40 + 2 Artist Proofs
Edition 1-35, £450 (Inc. VAT)
Edition 36-40, £570 (Inc. VAT)

Othello was introduced to Pitzhanger by fellow photographer and #ArtistsforPitzhanger artist @karen1knorr For both, architecture is a critical element in their work as is a commitment to ensuring the arts remain accessible. 
We are so fortunate that both of them are so dedicated to helping keep Pitzhanger’s doors open through this sale of their wonderful work.

Othello De’Souza-Hartley is a mixed media artist, working across photography, film, performance, sound, drawing and painting. He is the recipient of numerous commissions from a range of institutions including, Museum of Liverpool, National Portrait Gallery, The National Trust, The Photographers’ Gallery, Camden Art Centre and Platform for Art.

For Othello, the interiors of Pitzhanger and particularly the focus on the architecture resonated with him as an artist. That Pitzhanger is on one hand a space vacated by the Soanes, while at the same time so rich with personal detail, bears a common thread with the different architectural spaces that feature in Othello’s artwork. 

All orders directly support Pitzhanger's ability to stay open.  We are so appreciative of all of the support from both the artists and the buyers. 

#artistsforpitzhanger #OthelloDeSouzaHartley #Photography #LimitedEdition #Art #BuyArt #BuyPhotography #BuyArtOnline #ArtForSale #Ealing #Pitzhanger #London #contemporaryart #savepitzhanger #supportthearts #architecture #SirJohnSoane 

@othellodesouzahartley @pitzhanger @shariajohnson @harryaalexander @a_w_studio @nibrasmakeup @karen1knorr @museumofliverpool @nationalportraitgallery @thephotographersgallery @camdenartcentre
The open door to Soane’s Dressing Room... Between the front door and the stairway, Soane built himself a Dressing Room with plumbed in water and a lavatory 🚽 where he could wash and tidy himself.

The room is not any old downstairs bathroom. Soane painted the walls to resemble dark green marble which, along with the marble fireplace, give the room a very grand and elegant feel. 
#johnsoane #bathroom #architecture #plumming #staircase #history #lavatory #georgianarchitecture #pitzhanger

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Enjoy a day out at Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery, Soane’s Kitchen and Walpole Park.

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Soane’s Original Parkland

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In March 2019, Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery reopened to the public for the first time in over three years.

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PITZHANGER MANOR & GALLERY
Mattock Lane, London
W5 5EQ
Reception: 020 3985 8888
Office: 020 3994 0967
pitzhanger@pitzhanger.org.uk

Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 19:00
Friday - Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00
Monday: Closed (except for bank holidays)

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