Rossetti Studios. Listed Building. 72 Flood Street, Chelsea, London SW3. Photograph and text by George P. Landow, 2010. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite it in a print one.]
Left to right: (a) The archway through which one reaches the studios — four single-storey ones on the north (right) and three two-storey ones on the south. (b) A view looking north with the spectator's back toward the Thames and Chelsea Embankment. [Click on thumbnails for larger images.]
According to the substantial entry for Rossetti Studios on the British Listed Buildings site, which has a detailed description of the materials used in the structure and its occupants, Edward Holland built this block containing seven purpose-built artist studies. The actual year of construction remains unclear: although dated 1894, they were “apparently built in 1890,” but not occupied until six years later.
“In 1904 Augustus John and William Orpen had taken studios 4 and 5 where they set up Chelsea Art School, with one studio for girls and one for boys ” (Listed Buildings), and painters, designers, and photographers have continued to use the studios to the present day.
“ Rossetti Studios 72, Chelsea.” British Listed Buildings. Web. 27 January 2011.
This entry contains a valuable history of “speculative studio development” in Kensington and Chelsea during the later nineteenth century, which lists numerous other purpose-built blocks and bibliographical items.
Last modified 23 November 2010