Dorich House Museum

22.02.2023
Karina Bezman

Dorich House Museum

22.02.2023
Karina Bezman

Located near Richmond Park in south-west London, Dorich House Museum at Kingston University is a hidden gem. It was the former studio home of sculptor Dora Gordine and her husband, Hon. Richard Hare, a Russian art scholar.

The grand building, completed in 1936 to Gordine’s design, is now a Grade II listed structure. It’s a remarkable example of a modern studio house created by and for a female artist. Acquired and renovated by Kingston University after Gordine’s death in 1991, it’s now a fully accredited museum.

Spread over three floors, the museum houses the world’s most extensive collection of Gordine’s work. This includes early paintings, drawings, and sculptures from her time in Paris and southeast Asia. There’s also a notable collection of Russian art and artefacts acquired by Gordine and her husband.

Open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm, visitors can explore the house and collections. On clear days, they can also enjoy stunning views from the roof terrace overlooking Richmond Park.