DiCamillo Companion

Orleans House (The Octagon)

  • House & Family History: James Johnston, joint secretary of state for Scotland, added the Octagon to Orleans House, circa 1720, to the design of James Gibbs. On August 13, 1729 Johnston gave a banquet for Queen Caroline, wife of George II, in the Octagon. Louis-Philippe, Duc d'Orleans amd King of France, lived at Orleans House in exile in the early 19th century. During 1926-27 most of Orleans House was demolished. The Octagon and two wings were saved by Mrs. Ionides, who purchased the House in 1962. Mrs. Ionides left her collection of paintings and prints to the Borough of Twickenham on her death in 1962, together with The Octagon. Her will stipulated that the House should be open to the public as a public art gallery.

  • Architect: John James

    Designed: Orleans House (demolished 1926-27)

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    Architect: James Gibbs

    Date: 1720
    Designed: Octagon House

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  • Vitruvius Britannicus: C. I, pl. 77, 1715.

    Country Life: XCVI, 464, 1944.

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat / Home of: James Johnston, 18th century. Henri Eugène Philippe Louis d'Orléans, Duke of Aumale, mid-19th century. Louis-Philippe, Duc d'Orleans, later King Louis-Philippe of France, 1813-15.

    Current Ownership Type: Government

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

    Ownership Details: Owned by London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames and, since 1972, operated as Orleans House Gallery.

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 02088-316-000

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: https://www.orleanshousegallery.org

    Historic Houses Member: No


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