Orleans House was a Palladian villa built by the architect John James in 1710 near the Thames at Twickenham, England, for the politician and diplomat James Johnston. It was subsequently named after the Duc d'Orléans who stayed there in the early 19th century. By the early 20th century it was derelict and in 1926 it was mostly demolished. However, parts of the property, including a baroque octagonal room designed by architect James Gibbs, were preserved. The octagon room and its service wing are listed Grade I by Historic England and, together, with a converted stable block, are now the Orleans House Gallery, a gallery of art relating to the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and neighbouring areas of London.
James Johnston settled at Twickenham at the end of his political career. Johnston had seen diplomatic service in Germany, first as King's envoy to Berlin and later working to secure the Hanoverian succession, and made frequent journeys to Hanover. It was said George I "often conversed with him very familiarly" and that Johnston was "a great favourite of Queen Caroline, who was much entertained with his humour and pleasantry". It was also said "he keeps out a very great rank, and frequently has Mr. Walpool and the greatest courtiers with him at his country house near London; and the King sometimes does him the honour to dine with him". The King (George I) is also recorded to have been a regular casual visitor to the house.
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Thomas Lane | Mar 29, 2018
The gallery has re-opened after extensive restoration & is worth a visit if you're in the area. Be aware that at the time of writing the Stables Cafe is closed until they have found a vendor to run it.
Elsa Fritsch | Apr 15, 2018
Amazing place! Hidden in St Margaret, on the Riverside, from the 18th Century, the octogon room is stunning and the education team is amazing. The art workshops are great for kids and adults.
Rhys Allen | Feb 23, 2018
Orleans house gallery is a beautiful building which has been rebuilt amongst other structures on the property to still hold their 1700s look, every room has been rebuilt to hold their purpose, since the rebuilt they’ve been using the property to help younger children to bring out their creative ideas by using the art gallery as show rooms for the children’s work, Which I’ve had the pleasure of view and having my own art hung their recently
Helene Hambrook | Mar 7, 2018
This secret place on the river Thames has just been reopened after 18months and a 3.7m makeover, and is absolutely stunning now, apart from the heating which stopped working on the coldest, snowiest launch day! Hope it's now fixed....
Richard Tanguy | Feb 2, 2018
Somewhat understated but historic building comprising an imposing octogonal reception room, soon to re-open. Art gallery located in old stables at the rear of the property currently displaying contemporary ceramics and paintings.
Soscha Webbink | Jun 26, 2018
Small but very interesting gallery in an old house that is now a heritage site. There are also a lot of activities available for all age groups. Plus, it has a lovely garden and park surrounding it. Great place
jeff benjamin | Jul 25, 2018
An historic Palladian remnant recently refurbished comprises a gallery, a function venue, also hosting workshops and local community activities. Set in wood and parkland bordering the Thames, featuring the Listed 'Octagon Room’, a potential diversionary attraction when exploring this section of the Thames not short on historic riverside landmarks.
Dave Jacobs | May 10, 2018
Enjoyed our first visit here following the rebuilding work. Loved the new displays and layout of the building. Very helpful volunteers and staff.
Steven Oflynn | Jun 18, 2018
I had my wedding here and it was the most amazing day. The staff where brilliant
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