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“Ten out of Ten”

Dorich House Museum
Ranked #810 of 1,853 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Museum, which is the former home of the internationally acclaimed Estonian Sculptor Dora Gordine (1895-1991), holds the major collection of her bronzes, paintings and drawings, and a superb collection of Russian Imperial Art, gathered by her husband, the Hon. Richard Hare. The two studios, gallery and top floor apartment were all designed by Gordine herself in 1935/6.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Only heard of this place a few days ago, and decided to squeeze in a quick visit before they close during the winter months. So, so glad I did. Only one other visitor, who I met in the car park half an hour before they opened and we stuck up a friendship.

We had our guide, Ian to ourselves, who told us the tour would take around an hour, and to stop him if he went on too much. His knowledge and love for the place was truly infectious, and when the tour finally finished, on the roof, I noticed it had been an hour and a half, but every minute had been informative, interesting and fascinating. If you only have a passing interest in great art, this place is a must.

In one of the gallery's are pics of the place when Kingston University acquired it, a total mess, turned down by the Nat. trust and Heritage bodies, thank you Kingston, thank you.

Learnt about Dora's history from homeless Jewish/Russian refugee to "probably the best female sculptor in the world," her commissions from the world of the theatre, her techniques etc, and numerous examples of her work. Absolutely fell in love with her Art Deco living accommodation above her gallery, I could move in this afternoon.

Thank KenG798
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Reviewed 4 July 2016

Although I've lived in London for many years I'd never heard of this place. But my wife has been diligently researching 'obscure sites worth visiting' in the Greater London area.

So off to Dorich House. There's plenty of car parking space at the House - public transport is a bit more tricky, but there is a bus stop right beside it feeding in from mainline and tube stations in Richmond, Norbiton, etc.

The building itself is striking - a purpose-built artist's house. It is like no other building I've ever seen and full of fascinating external details. Once inside there are an extraordinary range of Dora Gordine's beautiful original sculptures displayed in her wonderfully spacious and well-lit plaster studio on the ground floor.

Up the stairs (and more art to enjoy on the way) and there is the splendid modelling studio filled with her drawings as well as magnificent sculpture ('Power' is particularly striking). Opposite is the elegant gallery where she entertained prospective clients and models and it is filled with her finest pieces.

Ascending to the next floor you take in a fair number of interesting Russian portraits and landscapes, arriving at the living and dining rooms with their 'half-moon' doors and original furniture. Here one gets a vivid impression of domestic life at Dorich.

The former bedrooms now contain a very high-quality of Russian works: spoons, porcelain, glassware, furniture, etc. and a case of beautiful icons. You end up on the roof - with one more spectacular work ('Boy with Balloon') and then can enjoy the glorious views across the surrounding countryside.

A great find capable of being enjoyed on so many levels.

3  Thank Barzini
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Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

Really interesting house. Lovely guides who are so friendly. Great atmosphere and seeing Dora's wonderful artwork everywhere adds to the experience.

1  Thank Michael E
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Reviewed 2 April 2016

Having been recommended by a friend, myself and three friends booked a tour. For only £3 ( concessions) we had a tour that was interesting, informative and just 55mins. The house is home to the works, paintings and sculpture produced by Dora Gordine together with pieces of Russian art work collected by her husband Richard Hare.
Good parking or bus stop outside. Fascinating place that more than met our expectations.

Thank heather p
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Reviewed 6 January 2016

also with the studio and sculptures by Dora Gordine who lived there with husband Richard Hare. (the house was designed by him) There is also the couple's collection of Imperial objets d'art

Thank Jean J
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