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Abstract

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This Cover Collaboration seeks to convey the atmospheric materiality of the studio-home of Frederic Leighton in the Holland Park area of West London. Five short films made by Jonathan Law highlight particular features of Leighton House, including the tiles of the Arab Hall imported from Turkey and the Middle East, the glittering golden chandelier, the sonorous tinkle of the fountain, and the peacock-inspired colours and textures of the interior design. The films are accompanied by texts chosen by Mary Roberts, author of an article on “The Resistant Materiality of Frederic Leighton’s Arab Hall” in this issue of British Art Studies.

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Figure 1.
Jonathan Law, The Boy-Narcissus, film, 1 minute 6 seconds, 2018.


Courtesy of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art with support from the staff of Leighton House Museum, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

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Figure 2.
Jonathan Law, The Great Gilt Dome, film, 1 minute 4 seconds, 2018.


Courtesy of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art with support from the staff of Leighton House Museum, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

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Figure 3.
Jonathan Law, The Fountain, film, 51 seconds, 2018.


Courtesy of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art with support from the staff of Leighton House Museum, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

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Figure 4.
Jonathan Law, Pattern, film, 1 minute 25 seconds, 2018.


Courtesy of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art with support from the staff of Leighton House Museum, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

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Figure 5.
Jonathan Law, Other Spaces, film, 1 minute 28 seconds, 2018.


Courtesy of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art with support from the staff of Leighton House Museum, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

 

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Acknowledgements

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All five films were made for Issue 9 of British Art Studies by Jonathan Law at Leighton House Museum. Many thanks to Daniel Robins and Sam Butler at Leighton House for their kind assistance.

About the authors

  • Jon Law profile portrait

    Jonathan Law is a filmmaker, researcher and lecturer who is working with the Centre on a freelance basis. He completed his PhD on multisensory cinema at University of Kent in 2015. He previously studied fine art and cultural studies at the London Consortium, University of Wolverhampton and Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. His most recent film Trewyn Studio, made in collaboration with Helena Bonett, focuses on Barbara Hepworth’s studio and museum in St Ives, Cornwall.

  • Mary Roberts

    Mary Roberts, Professor of Art History at the University of Sydney, is a specialist in Ottoman art and European Orientalism, who has written extensively about patterns of transcultural exchange in the nineteenth century. Her most recent book, Istanbul Exchanges: Ottomans, Orientalists and Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press,  2015), received the 2016 Best Book prize from the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand and was translated into Turkish by Türkiye Işbankası Kültür Yayınları that year. She is also the author of Intimate Outsiders: The Harem in Ottoman and Orientalist Art and Travel Literature (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007) and has co-edited four books: Refracting Vision: Essays on the Writings of Michael Fried; Orientalism’s Interlocutors; Edges of Empire; and The Poetics and Politics of Place: Ottoman Istanbul and British Orientalism. She is currently writing a book on artists as collectors of Islamic art.

Imprint

Author
Jonathan Law, Mary Roberts
Date
07 August 2018
Category
Cover Collaboration
Review status
Not Peer Reviewed
Licence
CC BY-NC International 4.0
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Article DOI
https://doi.org/10.17658/issn.2058-5462/issue-09/cover-collaboration
Cite as
Jonathan Law, Mary Roberts, "The Atmospherics of Leighton House", British Art Studies, Issue 9, https://doi.org/10.17658/issn.2058-5462/issue-09/cover-collaboration