HAMPSTEAD’S VILLAGE PEOPLE: PORTRAITS OF CULTURAL ICONS, Fenton House and Gardens, Hampstead Grove, London NW3, until 29th June 2014
This exhibition is part of The London Project a programme where the National Trust brings special events to their ten London properties to make them even more special places to visit. Hampstead has attracted artistic and intellectual residents since the early 19th century and this special exhibition, organised in conjunction with The National Portrait Gallery, brings photographic images of thirty of Hampstead’s famous residents, past and present. Elgar, Dame Judi Dench, Ricky Gervais and Peter Wynn Barkworth are just a few of those that you will see in this celebration of Hampstead lives.
The 17th century house is a treasure and contains the porcelain collection of its last owner Lady Binning, as well as the Benton Fletcher collection of early musical instruments. The aforementioned actor Peter Wynn Barkworth left part of his collection of English Impressionist and Camden Town Group paintings and drawings to The National Trust to be displayed in the house.
Lovers of interior decoration will also find pleasure in the interiors which were refurbished by the legendary John Fowler in 1973 for The National Trust.