80 Peel Street, Kensington, London. Architect: Richard Norman Shaw (1831-1912). c.1878. The Kensington Conservation Area Appraisal describes it as "[s]andwiched between the much larger studio house at no. 118 Campden Hill Road and the towering Campden Houses" (117). No. 118 was designed by the same architect on an altogether larger scale, as can be seen on the left. Its smaller neighbour is built on a simialr plot of land, but is more of a cottage, especially with regard to

its diminutive size and vernacular design with clay tiled roof with catslide section, gablet to the west, chimney stack and bonnet tiles to the hip. The first floor is hung with plain clay tiles and one old window with stained glass in a diamond pattern can be glimpsed through the planting which spills over the high brick wall to give a bucolic setting. [The Kensington Conservation Area Appraisal, 117]

Like the bigger house next door, the house was designed for an artist — in this case Matthew Corbet. Its architect is confirmed by a note in The Builder, under the heading "Property Sales," early in the next century: "The following properties have been in the market for sale by auction:— .... “Peel-street Studio,” in Peel-street, Campden Hill, Kensington, formerly occupied by Mr. Frank Dicksee, R.A. [who lived there after Corbet], and No. 11, Chelsea-embankment: both built a few years ago after Mr. R. Norman Shaw's plan and designs...." (761).

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Kensington Conservation Area Appraisal. Web. 26 August 2022.

"Property Sales." The Builder. Vol. 92. 22 June 1907. 761. Google Books. Free to read.

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