The View from Richmond Hill... 👀 By the time of her death in 1962, she had amassed nearly 500 oil paintings 🎨 , drawings, watercolours and prints dating from the early eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.
Throughout her life Mrs Ionides took an active interest in preserving the local history of the Borough. This passion is reflected in her collection of primarily topographical views of the area which map 🗺 the development of the landscape and riverside, as well as the famous residents. 🖼 Leonard Knyff (1650 - 1722), c.1710 - 20
After World War One few families could afford to run grand houses. In 1926, a firm of gravel merchants bought Orleans House who destroyed much of the site searching for gravel. A member of the Council went to photograph 📸 the original house before it was demolished but the gravel company started a day earlier and when they went to take the photos they had already taken the windows out! Thankfully, Nellie Ionides, who lived next door and was passionate about local history, bought what was left.
At the start of the week we promised you a poodle 🐩 and a poodle is what we’re going to give you! Say hello to Clicquot and her owner Nellie 👋 . . . Nellie Ionides (1883 - 1962), pronounced (eye-on-nuh-deez), lived next door at Riverside House. Her family were the founders of the Shell Oil Company. Nellie’s second husband, Basil Ionides, was an Art Deco #architect and together they built a magnificent art collection.
Nellie also bred poodles which she named after famous champagne houses 🍾;she used to have their clippings woven into cloth! Her grandson Toby Jessell, until 1997 the MP for Twickenham, had a suit and coat made from them.
Carved into the centre of the original Coach House roof was the symbol of the French royal family, the fleur-de-lys (a three petaled flower 🌺). The carved block was found years later during some restoration work and can now be seen on the pathway into the courtyard next to the Gallery's car park 🚗 🤓 The Fleur de Lys has officially been the emblem of the Kings of France since the 12th century. #orleanshousegallery#orleanshouse#frenchroyals
While Louis Philippe gave his name to the house, it was his fifth son, Henri, Duc d’Aumale, who truly made it his home. Building a library 📚 and gallery 🖼 to house his extensive collection of books, paintings and antiques. This is an illustration of what it looked like.
Which included two paintings by Raphael and works by the French and Italian Schools!
“We went by Staines to Twickenham, where we drove up to the house, in which the King used to live, & were received by Lord & Lady Mornington, who not live there. It is a very pretty house, much embellished, since the King lived there, but otherwise much the same, & he seemed so pleased to see it again. We walked round the garden in spite of a heavy shower that had first falling & then drove to Hampton Court, where we visited to Wolsey's Hall & all the rooms, the King remaining a long time & marking on the catalogue he pictures he intended to have copied for Versailles.” #QueenVictoria’s journal entry from Thursday 10 October 1844 📝
Entente Cordiale… 🇫🇷 🇬🇧 Louis Philippe was the first French monarch to visit Britain in 500 years! 😲
Philippe was good friends with Queen Victoria’s father, the Duke of Kent, who hosted him in Canada 🇨🇦 for part of his long exile. As King of the French Louis actively promoted friendship with Britain 🤝 In 1844 he visited Queen Victoria in England and they even took a trip to his old home in Twickenham!
🇫🇷 👑 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
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. . . . 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
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