Kenwood: History and Stories
Overlooking London’s Hampstead Heath since the early 17th century, Kenwood House was transformed in the 18th century into a grand neoclassical villa. Now restored to its Georgian splendour, Kenwood is home to a world-famous art collection.
Find out more about the story of Kenwood, its intriguing former inhabitants, and the artworks housed within its walls.
Kenwood through the years
History of Kenwood
Discover the history of Kenwood from its 17th-century beginnings to the 21st-century restoration of its Georgian grandeur.
Learn more about the life of Dido Belle, a mixed-race woman raised at Kenwood at the height of the transatlantic slave trade.
Introduction to the Georgian Period
Discover how Britain changed dramatically during the Georgian period.
Learn how Kenwood reflected the changing architectural fashions of the Georgian period.
Buy the guidebook
Learn more about Kenwood's past with the official guidebook, which includes a tour of the house and its collection.
One of the highlights of the Kenwood collection, Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait with Two Circles is among the largest and most imposing of all Rembrandt’s self-portraits. It is celebrated for its technical brilliance and ruthless honesty, offering one of the most distinctive and defining images of the artist.
Learn more about the historical and artistic significance of Rembrandt’s masterpiece, and take a closer look at the full range of techniques he used.Explore Rembrandt’s Self Portrait with Two Circles
Resources for researchers
Description of Kenwood
Discover more about the architecture of Kenwood House, designed by Robert Adam.
Why does Kenwood matter?
Learn why Kenwood and its collection are considered so significant.
Research on Kenwood House
Learn how we know so much about Kenwood House and where we still have gaps in our knowledge.
Sources for Kenwood
Use this summary of primary and secondary sources in your own research into Kenwood's history.