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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

24th April 1993 1000 kg heavy IRA car bomb explodes in London, killing 1

24th April 1963 Princess Alexandra of Kent was married to Angus Ogilvy in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

24th April 1960 Born today: Paula Yates, London England, Mrs Bob Geldof/rocker/writer (Blondes)

24th April 1936 Born today: Jill Ireland, London, actress (Breakout, Assassination, Chino)

24th April 1867 St. George's Hall Theatre in Langham Place was opened (demolished 1966).

24th April 1731 Author Daniel Defoe died in London trying to evade debtors.

Rembrandt's House



Rembrandt's House

The Chelsea copy of Rembrandt's Amsterdam House.

Location: 28 Mallord Street, Chelsea, SW3 6DU

Description: This splendid grade-II listed house was designed and built in 1913 for Welsh artist Augustus John (1878-1961).

It was a copy of Rembrandt's Amsterdam house and as such a Dutch cottage form.

The architect was Robert van t'Hoff after he met Augustus John in a pub. It was t'Hoff's third house.

Augustus was educated at the Slade School of Fine Art but was said to be unpromising until he was knocked out in a swimming accident and on his revival he found a new artistic lease of life.

He was a brilliant painter specialising in portraits, such as those of Shaw, Hardy and Dylan Thomas.

He is best remembered for his portrait of Queen Elizabeth, wife to George VI. He scandalously failed to attend the first sitting, citing was suffering from the influence.

He held many wild parties here, and his studio/gallery was/is towards the rear of the property.

He sold it in 1935 to singer Gracie Fields.

It was sold for 5.4m in 2009.




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Rembrandt's House

The Chelsea copy of Rembrandt's Amsterdam House.


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