Celebrities at Highbury Place
The houses that occupy Highbury Place were designed and built by the London property speculator John Spiller. When they were completed in 1777, he moved into No. 39. Little had changed sixty later when the artist C.H. Matthews made this drawing.
At first little interest was shown in the new development. Many of the houses were unoccupied or let for low rent. However, Highbury Place soon became a very desirable location. A number of famous people took up residence.
John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church, stayed at No. 25 in the 18th century in between his evangelical tours. The statesman Joseph Chamberlain, father of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, also lived at No. 25 from 1845-54. Later, the painter Walter Sickert had his studio and ran a rather unsuccessful school for artists at No. 1 from 1927-31.
Museum number 60.11