Orleans House

Contributed by Mark De Novellis

This print, by french artist Pingret is important historically as it shows a French monarch and British monarch together on Britigh soil, the first time this had happened in 500 years. Queen Victoria accompanied Louis Philippe, then King of the French, to visit his former home in Twickenham. He had rented this tranquil Riverside property from 1815 to 1817 when he was exiled. His son, the Duc D'Aumale later lived there for nearly 20 years and added a library and art gallery (sadly demolished) and stables block (which has survived). In 1926, the house was purchased by a firm of gravel merchants and demolished. Thanks to the timely intervention of neighbour Mrs Nellie Iondies, the Octagon and Stables buildings were saved and are now the home of the principal art gallery for the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

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