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Visit Kenwood this autumn and experience the beauty of one of England's most prolific and acclaimed artists - Joshua Reynolds. To mark the 300th anniversary of his birth, seventeen paintings spanning Reynold's career will be put on display, reflecting his inspriations, company, and the life of the artist himself.Discover more
Gain a deeper appreciation for Kenwood with our new digital guide on Bloomberg Connects. Use this free, downloadable guide to find out more about our internationally important collection of art, with audio tours from English Heritage Curators, Conservators, and Volunteers, as well as the artist of a newly commissioned portrait of Dido Belle, a former Kenwood resident.
Discover more about the history of the house, the beautiful gardens, and the lives of the people who have called Kenwood home. Each room has a story to tell, and now, using the interactive map on the guide, you can unlock those tales.Download now
Set in the rolling hills of Hampstead Heath, Kenwood provides the perfect setting for elegant wedding ceremonies and receptions, corporate events and parties. Throughout May, from Thursday to Saturday, you can book stunning marquees in our grounds for private events. Alternatively, the Music Room is available to hire for corporate functions.Find out more
The first house on the site is probably a brick structure built by John Bill, King James I's printer.
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Brook Bridges buys the house. His son transforms it into a two-storey red-brick building with large sash windows.
Kenwood passes through many owners before being bought by John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute.
Bute adds the orangery to the west of the south front and introduces new plant species to the grounds.
William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, buys Kenwood for £4,000. He uses it as a weekend retreat.
Adam adds a new entrance and attic-storey bedrooms. He also modernises existing interiors including the library, one of his finest interiors.
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Murray commissions Robert Adam and his brother James to remodel the house to make room for more family members.
Murray's nephew David, 2nd Earl of Mansfield, expands the house with two brick wings, and enhances the grounds with the help of Humphry Repton.
Another David Murray appoints architect William Atkinson to add second-floor service-wing rooms. Atkinson also installs additional bookcases in the library.
Kenwood is leased to wealthy tenants, including Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich and American millionairess Nancy Leeds.
Alan David Murray, 6th Earl of Mansfield, sells the contents of the house, including some of the original furnishings.
Edward Cecil Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh, buys the house to display highlights from his collection of paintings. After this death, the Iveagh Bequest Act requires Kenwood to be opened freely to the public.
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Kenwood houses servicemen during the Second World War. After the war it is handed over to London County Council.
English Heritage takes over and carries out repairs and conservations part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Kenwood is reopened to the public in 2013.
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