• Private Tour: Stanley Picker Trust (22/4/20)

    Thanks to a great tip from one of you, we've found another wonderful house in SW London to visit! We have secured a two-hour privately guided tour for Art Historical London of the house and gallery and its collection plus a walk in the wonderful garden (weather permitting) on Wednesday 22 April 2020, starting at 11.00.


    Only open to pre-arranged group visits, this house by American cosmetics manufacturer Stanley Picker (1913-1982) is a gem not to be missed!


    Picker House is a remarkable late 1960s modernist home specifically designed to accommodate a significant international collection of modern and contemporary painting and sculpture. Situated on the outskirts of London, in Kingston upon Thames, it is a rare surviving example of a spacious and progressive late modern house and garden that remains unaltered. Designed by the British modernist architect Kenneth Wood in 1965, for the businessman Stanley H. Picker (1913-1982), it still retains its period interior decor, contemporary furnishings acquired through the then recently established Terence Conran Group, and the distinctive art collection of its owner - including works by Chagall, Frink, Hepworth, Lowry, Rodin and many more - which was an integral part of its conception. 


    Note: There are some steep stairs in the main parts of the house and also the garden is on a hill; therefore this visit is not recommended for those with a limited mobility.


    Wednesday 22 April 2020, 11.00-13.00

    Please make sure to get there a bit earlier for the tour to start on time.


    3 Portland Rd,

    Kingston upon Thames

    KT1 2SG


    They do have parking available at the house but it is strictly limited to a maximum of 6 vehicles at any one time and due to the location of the property, and parking is not allowed outside of the perimeter. Nearest stations are Kingston and Surbiton. The following busses pass near the house: Bus: 281, 71, K2