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Bedford Lemere & Co.
Intérieurs anglais.
circa 1900.
Physical Description:
86 photographs : cyanotypes ; sheets 25.2 x 30.3 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio B 2018 8
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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"[Bedford Lemere & Co.] was very astute in selling large numbers of its images to architects and craftsmen who wanted to appraise themselves of what their colleagues were doing or build up a body of visual examples for use in their own work. In 1895 the firm advertised no fewer than 50,000 prints for sale, singly or in sets, while an advertisement of c. 1875 listed seventeen Uniform Series of English Architectural Photographs embracing a wide range of topics including decorative and antique furniture; views of London and its environs; Classic, Romanesque and Renaissance details; English churches; and English stately homes. The number of photographs in each series varied from 160 to the 4,000 in the series devoted to Town and Country Houses and Mercantile Buildings. In this way, rather like contemporary Italian view-making firms, such as Fratelli Alinari in Florence and Anderson in Rome, the firm acted as a highly organised picture agency supplying a wide range of clients at home and indeed abroad through agents such as Albert Levy, the noted architectural publisher, who maintained offices in Paris and New York."--Robert Elwall, "Bedford Lemere & Co and the RIBA Library Photographs Collection." Culture 24, 7 May 2010.
Photographed by Henry Bedford Lemere. Three items bear the signature "BL & Co."
Photographs are identified in French on a printed list.
Originally issued in two portfolios.
Cooper, N. The opulent eye: late Victorian and Edwardian taste in interior design
BAC: British Art Center copy lacks original portfolios and the printed list identifying the subject of each photograph. However, the list identifying items 1-50 is supplied in facsimile, from the Getty Research Institute copy.
The photographs primarily document the interiors of houses in England, Scotland, and Wales, as well as a small number of public buildings, circa 1900. Many views are excellent depictions of paintings and furniture. Mantels also receive special attention. The views include entrance halls, reception rooms, stairwells and fireplaces, with key details such as paintings, furniture, paneling and tiling clearly recorded.
Rossetti's The loving cup (1867) stands prominently in the picture gallery at Dawpool, Thurstaston in Cheshire (visible in image numbers 1 and 2). In the billiard room of Seafield House (image 70) hangs William Watson's Sheep in landscape. A number of other paintings remain to be identified.
The series was presumably compiled for the French market, where cyanotypes enjoyed broader acceptance than in Great Britain, perhaps for Albert Levy, the prominent architectural publisher in Paris and New York.
Subject Terms:
Art in interior decoration.
Country homes -- Great Britain.
Furniture -- England.
Furniture -- Great Britain.
Interior architecture -- Great Britain.
Interior decoration -- Great Britain.
Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1828-1882. Loving cup.
Watson, William, -1921. Sheep in landscape.
Cyanotypes (photographic prints) -- 1900.
IIIF Manifest:

  • 1-3. Dawpool, Birkenhead
  • 4. Sussex, Parham Park. Hall
  • 5. Astley Hall, Lancashire. Hall d'entrée
  • 6. Guildford, Loseley Park. Cheminée du salon
  • 7. Woodford, Essex, "Monkhams"
  • 8. Kensington Palace Gardens, Londres
  • 9. Capenhurst, Chester. Hall
  • 10. Birmingham, Victoria Courts
  • 11. Castle Ashbey. Cheminé́. Salon du roi Guillaume --12. J. Hewell Grange. Escalier
  • 13. Snowdenham, Surrey. Corridor
  • 14. Rhinefield, Brockenhurst
  • 15. Hyde Park Terrace, Londres
  • 16. Nethercourt Finchley. Hall d'entrée
  • 17. Standish Hall, Wigan. Boudoir
  • 18. St. Fagan's Hall, Cardiff. Chambre de Lady Windsor
  • 19. Darley Dale, Établissement hydrothérapique, Londres
  • 20. Audley End. Grand Hall
  • 21. Audley End. Grand Hall, cheminée
  • 22. Rowden House, Hoddeston, Herts. Boudoir
  • 23. Girdler's Hall. Corridor
  • 24. Prince's Gate, Londres. Hall et escalier
  • 25. Stafford House, Londres, St. James's
  • 26. The Albany, Londres. Boudoir-salon
  • 27. Curling Hall. Salle à manger
  • 28. Nottingham, Wollston Hall. Hall
  • 29. Banque, West Dean, Londres
  • 30. Collingham Gardens. Hall
  • 31. Dumbarton, Overtown. Escalier
  • 32. Rhinefield, Brockenhurst
  • 33. Swan House, Chelsea. Boudoir
  • 34. St. Fagan's Castle, Cardiff. Salon de Lord Windsor
  • 35. Cragside Rothbury, Northumberland. Salon
  • 36. Norfolk St. Mowbray House, Londres. Corridor
  • 37. Cragside Rothbury, Northumberland
  • 38. Lennox Gardens
  • 39. Scheffield, Municipal Buildings
  • 40. Hewill Grange. Salon, cheminée
  • 41. Edinburgh, Rothesay Terrace
  • 42. St. Fagan's Castle, Cardiff. Boudoir
  • 43. St. Fagan's Castle, Cardiff. Salle à manger
  • 44. Hôtel Cecil, Strand, Londres
  • 45. Liverpool, Alexandra Drive
  • 46. Stocken Hall, Oakham. Cheminée de la salle à manger
  • 47. Rowden House, Hoddeston, Herts. Salon
  • 48. Lyric Théâtre, Londres. Chambre de prince de Galles
  • 49. Walton Heath, The Cottage. Hall
  • 50. Byfleet Lodge. Cheminée dans la salle de billiard
  • Subjects (incomplete) of items 51-86: 58. Townhouse in Queen's Gate, Kensington, London. Fireplace
  • 61. Townhouse in Queen's Gate, Kensington, London. Reception room --64. Audley End. Library
  • 65. Audley End. Hall
  • 66. Metchley House, Harborne
  • 67. Seafield House, Ayrshire, Scotland. Library
  • 70. Seafield House, Ayrshire, Scotland. Billiard room.

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