SIR JOHN MILLAIS'S HOUSE.
Together with St. John's Wood, the suburb of Kensington has long been a favourite residential neighbourhood for artists. At Palace Gate, Kensington, leading from the High Street to Gloucester Road, and near the south-west corner of Kensington Gardens, is the stately and substantial mansion of Sir John Everett Millais, Bart., R.A., distinguished by its massive porch. Built by its owner in the height of the aesthetic movement, it is nevertheless without a trace of aestheticism. The studio in which so many noble works of art have come into being is a large, lofty, and massive room at the back of the house, with walls of Pompeian red, almost covered with Beauvais tapestry, and with oak pilasters rising to the ceiling on either side of the window and of the mantelpiece.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896