Melbury Road

I walked up Melbury Road this evening to the sound of fireworks exploding in Holland Park.   Past the street which leads to Leighton House, past the Tower House, past where Michael Winner used to live, to No. 8 with its grand oriel windows, designed by Norman Shaw as an artist’s’ home for Marcus Stone, a rather obscure RA, but immensely wealthy because of his work as a book illustrator.   G.F. Watts was at No. 6 next door.  And No. 11 (now No. 31) was built for Luke Fildes, also by Shaw, not long afterwards:-

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