One of the many addresses I’ve found for my great great great grandfather George Goldsmith Kirby is Little Marble Hill in Twickenham. He lived there from about 1861-67, just before his death in 1868. The house was demolished in around 1873, so I contacted the Twickenham Museum to see if they had any paintings, photographs or even a map of the area from the time.
I received a very kind email today explaining that there is probably an Ordnance Survey map of about 1865, and although they don’t have a copy the Richmond Local Studies Library might have. They have an engraving of the house, and I’ve linked through to a small version of this on their website:
They also explained that there was an exhibition at the Geffrye Museum, in London, in 2003: Home and Garden which included a painting of the house by John James Chalon made in about 1840. Apparently, the the original watercolour is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, but I may be able to get a copy of the catalogue from the Geffrye Museum.
Well, I now have an excuse to go and visit some of these museums and galleries with my kids when I get back to London at the end of the month. I’m also wondering whether Little Marble Hill would qualify for inclusion on Matthew Beckett’s Lost Heritage: a memorial to the lost country houses of England.