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Week 4: Orleans House Gallery (@orleanshousegallery). We've been turning heads since 1710, come & find out why...

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In 1830, Louis Philippe was proclaimed king when his cousin Charles X was forced to abdicate after the July Revolution and the overthrow of the House of Bourbon. Philippe carefully proclaimed himself “King of the French” rather than “King of France” (reflecting the populist origins of his reign). Clad in his military uniform the 'citizen king' has his hand resting on the Charter, the founding text of the constitutional monarchy. This is a reminder of the July Revolution brought him to the throne. #orleanshousegallery #orleanshouse #frenchhistory #frenchroyals


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Where do you find tranquility? 💭
The links between Orleans House and French royalty 🇫🇷 👑 began in 1815 with Louis Philippe, Duc d’Orleans (1773 – 1850). He rented the house for two years whilst in exile from his homeland following the French Revolution. It was during this time that it became known as Orleans House – prior to that it had been called Queens Farm.
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He enjoyed the tranquility of Twickenham, writing✍️ “I bless heaven, morning, noon and night that I am in my peaceful house in old Twick.” #OrleansHouseGallery #OrleansHouse #NineteenthCentury #History #FrenchRoyals #Twickenham #Richmond #SecretLondon


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The interior of the Octagon Room was painted and gilded with ornate plasterwork by the Swiss ‘stuccatori’ (plasters) Giuseppi Arati (c.1690 – 1771) and Giovanni Battista Bagutti (1681 - 1755), craftsmen of Ticino, in Italian-speaking Switzerland who were commissioned because British craftsmen were not as skilled in the elaborate style required for the Octagon Room 💫 #baroque #georgian #georgianhouse #museummonday


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One of Johnston’s famous guests was Queen Caroline 👑(1683 - 1737), wife of George II (1683 – 1760). This menu from when she dined 🍽 here in 1729 reveals that she brought her own confectioner 🍬, chef 👨‍🍳 and even her own gold plates! 💫
What would you have brought to dinner?

#orleanshousegallery #orleanshouse #georgian #georgianhouse #museummonday #queencaroline


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Welcome to the Octagon Room; a Georgian entertaining space fit for a Queen! 👸Johnston, who owned Orleans House in the 1700s, loved to entertain so much that he built a special room to host his parties 🥳
It even had its very own wine 🍷 cellar directly underneath the Octagon Room!
Zoom in to see some of the scrumptious details and keep your eyes 👀 peeled for more 📸 of the Octagon Room this week. 🖼: print of an architectural plan of the Octagon room later Orleans House – plate 71 from Gibbs’ A Book of Architecture from c1720.


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Through the keyhole 🗝🚪👀... It all started in the 18th century here on this stretch of the River Thames in Twickenham – today part of Greater London, but back then it wasn’t considered part of London at all. It was an idyllic country retreat 🌳 , an escape from the sights👀, smells👃 and sounds👂 of the bustling city.

In 1710, Scottish 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 architect John James (1672 - 1746) designed and built a large brick house for the retired politician James Johnston (1643 - 1737) and his wife, Catherine Vere. 🤓 Johnston was a passionate gardener and even grew his own grapes to make his very own wine! 🍇 🍷
#orleanshousegallery #orleanshouse #georgian #georgianhouse #museummonday #richmond #architecture


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As we explore @OrleansHouseGallery’s 300-year history we will meet Hanoverian monarchs, future French Kings 👑 , avid art collectors, and if you’re lucky… even a French poodle called Clicquot! 🤫🐩🍾 .
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#orleanshousegallery #HLFsupported #orleanshouse #52museums #heritage #visitrichmond #london


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We’ve been turning heads since 1710, come and find out why… 🏛🖼🗝 Nestled in London’s greenest 🍃 borough and home to over 4,000 works of art 🖼 , we are an exciting and dynamic art gallery 🎨 with one of the finest examples of baroque Georgian architecture.
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Hello everyone! We are Orleans House Gallery and we are excited to take over @52museums this week. For the next seven days, we will be sharing stories about the people who have lived & visited Orleans House over the last 300 years & introducing you to the Richmond Borough Art Collection. Follow our takeover and check out our main account @OrleansHouseGallery!

#museummonday #HLFsupported #richmond #london #secretlondon 🖼 by Johann Dietzsche, c.1750


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You didn’t think we’d finish our week without sharing an #instacat, did you?! Here’s a moggie working at Farringdon station signalling control box in 1994.
We had a lot of fun taking over @52Museums, and we hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about our Museum and London transport’s history. Don’t forget to follow us @ltmuseum to learn more!
Thanks to @mardixonpic for organising this takeover, and over to @orleanshousegallery!
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#catsofinstagram #cats #londoncats #londontransport #transporthistory #transportheritage #ltmcollections


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Our station architecture tours uncover the bold architectural principles behind Charles Holden’s Piccadilly line extension and demonstrate how design can solve the tricky logistical problems posed by busy stations. @ltmuseum
#londonunderground #architecture #architecturetour #tubestations #trainstation #charlesholden #transporthistory #tfl #hiddenlondon


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The reception hall at 55 Broadway, London Transport’a headquarters and London’s first skyscraper.
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When unveiled in 1929, Charles Holden’s 55 Broadway was considered radical and offensive. Some of the art work featured caused major controversy: Jacob Epstein’s Day and Night sculptures, adorning the façade, created public outrage for their modernism and graphic nakedness. This Grade I listed building is now regarded as a marvel of Art Deco London. With @ltmuseum’s Hidden London tours visitors get privileged access to London Underground’s iconic headquarters, and a new perspective on the city as they journey up 14 stories of beautifully detailed offices, grand meeting rooms, and stunning rooftop views.
#hiddenlondon #55broadway #skyscraper #artdeco #architecture #charlesholden #frankpick #jacobepstein #sculptures #londonunderground #transporthistory


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