Dorich House Museum

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Dorich House Museum
4.5
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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.
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Sophie8
London, UK32 contributions
A little art gem in Richmond
Jun 2021
I was listening to a talk about Dorich House during lockdown so I decided to visit the museum before it was closing for renovation. The house will open again in September 2021 and tickets need to be booked in advance through Eventbrite. The house can also be booked for private events so the visitor time can sometimes vary.

However, this was such a lovely discovery and to learn more about the sculptor Dora Gordine. The house visit can be combined with a walk & lunch in Richmond. I look forward to show this place to my friends in the near future.
Written August 10, 2021
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Richard
Richmond, UK14 contributions
Well worth a visit
Jan 2020
Dorich House is a great place to visit that possibly many locals like myself may not be aware of. It was a sunny day so we combined a walk through Richmond Park to Robin Hood gate and away from the busy main road found peace and quiet in this remarkable building and learnt about the life and works of Dora Gordine and her husband Richard.

As well as the sculptures on display there is an interesting film of their life and a cafe as well as nice views over the park from the upper floors.

Staff are welcoming and knowledgable. Maria was a pleasure to talk to.
Written January 20, 2020
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J N
Enschede, The Netherlands190 contributions
Think you've seen all?
Jul 2019 • Couples
Think you've seen all museums in London: go here. From the outside the building seems dull. But the interior is exceptionally beautiful and worthwhile. The sculptures of Dora Gordine form a unique collection. And afterwards go for a stroll in Richmond park.
Written July 6, 2019
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Alan S
Woodbridge, UK234 contributions
A peep into another world
Jun 2019 • Friends
This is a fascinating, beautifully maintained 1930s house and artist's studios all the work of the artist Dora Gordine and with many of her works on display. The private apartments and roof terrace are a delight. But note that because it is being kept as near as possible to the original and is on four floors they are unable to offer full access. Simple garden and all a real discovery.
Written June 2, 2019
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DavidCFrench
London, UK70 contributions
A hidden gem
Jan 2019
Dorich House is fascinating. The design of the house itself is very clever with distinct areas for creating artworks, displaying artworks and for living quarters too. The artwork on display, primarily sculptures, is superb and beautifully done. The living quarters themselves, which incidentally house lots of treasures accumulated by the original owners, are lovely with great design features and lovely furnishings. Thoroughly recommend a visit. Twice a week, on Friday and Saturday at 11am there are free guided tours (you have to book) - these are well worthwhile as you learn so much about the history of the house, its contents and its designers/owners - fascinating.
Written April 4, 2019
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Sophie111111111111
London, UK62 contributions
Fab C20 house museum design by Anglo-Russian couple
Feb 2019 • Couples
Just off the A3 in quiet spot overlooking Richmond Park. Really interesting architecture and history of its owners. Recommended for anyone interest in architecture or art history or sculpture. Fascinating couple epitomising sophisticated twentieth century intelligentsia.

Thanks Well worth watching their introductory film first
Written February 12, 2019
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Master Jonjon
London, UK341 contributions
1. An amalgam of mid 20-th century sculptor Dora Gordine and her husband Richard Hare’s given names.
May 2018 • Solo
How sweet. Gordine wanted to convert the house into a public gallery but to to avail; and it was after a series of trials and errors that it was now under the Kingston University.

2. London was lucky to have her. Having been born in Estonia and lived in Paris, Malaysia and Singapore, in 1934 her marriage with the rich Garlick was failing. And she couldn’t return to Paris as her Jewish identity proved too controversial. And so, hello, London.

3. As a portrait sculptor in the age of the abstract, she did resist every form of influence but instead worked on what she’s most proud of.

4. The side effect of this was a half step in the commercial world. Her 1947 sculpture ‘The Crowning Glory’ was then reproduced to be used in the window display of salons throughout the country.

~master jonjon
Written February 6, 2019
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Vezuka
London, UK132 contributions
Beautiful glimpse into mid-XX century life
Jan 2019 • Solo
This is a beautiful little museum giving a glimpse of life in the middle of last century. Dora was a renown sculptor and her husband - a collector of Russian art. A beautiful house with art deco elements. Very well kept by Kingston University. Definitely worth a visit.
Written January 27, 2019
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Christa T
Greater London, UK59 contributions
Lovely little Museum for Sculpture Lovers
Jan 2019 • Friends
What a delightful place for a stroll around an a cafe and cake afterwards. I have been here several times and introduced friends and family. Dorich House is easily overlooked but it gives a rich glimpse into the live of this interesting couple and shows her fantastic art work. Very enjoyable and special.
Written January 27, 2019
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lizandianp
surrey952 contributions
One exceptional woman's home and work place ideally combined.Please visit.
Aug 2018 • Couples
Discovered only thanks to Open House London this house is at first a bit off-putting but when you see a picture of the artist's childhood home you can see the inspiration behind it.
Very easy to visit , on Kingston-Vale with car parking on site.
Dora Gordine was a sculptor of world wide importance and lived here until her death in 1991.Her presence is everywhere in the house with ground and first floor studios connected by an industrial hoist for her heavier works.
The upper flooors are domestic with a lounge and dining room connected by a circular door.
Do not miss the view from the rooof.
There are lots or Dora's original works and the whole place is charming.

A million thanks to Kingston University for taking on the restoration and maintenance..
Written September 25, 2018
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Dorich House Museum is open:
  • Thu - Sat 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM