In 1885-6, a young Scottish architect William Flockhart, who had trained at the Glasgow School of Art, remodelled two Georgian town houses at 108 Brompton Road in South Kensington with a new Flemish-style facade and large well-lit studios for the court photographers Elliot and Fry.
Later occupants included the sculptor Cecil Thomas and architect and painter Sir Hugh Casson. In 1967, after Cecil Thomas’s death the house was placed in a trust and today is the home of the Royal Society of Sculptors established in 1904, where it runs events and holds small sculptor exhibitions, usually announced by an unusual sculpture in the garden, which must be a source some amusement at times to the drivers queuing up for petrol in the small petrol station next door. The buildings are now named Dora House in memory of Cecil Thomas’s wife and the Trust which he set up.
The current exhibition ‘What isn’t Here Can’t Hurt You’ is a dialogue of sculptures and drawings by Alison Wilding and Frances Richardson, in the ground floor rooms with Alison Wilding’s ‘Let Sleeping Dogs….’ nestling into the front garden. Apparently she originally wanted to install a sculpture on the balcony, but this might have resulted in its collapse!