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The Interior of Hall Place, Leigh, near Tonbridge, Kent

Henry Robert Robertson1879

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

A mixture of styles, typical of the Victorian period, is assembled in this beautifully painted interior of the Oak Parlour at Hall Place. The red and blue Persian carpet, sling chair with a Japanese motif, two-sided sofa covered in a design after William Morris and Chinese porcelains all come together as furnishings for this neo-Elizabethan room; ferns and flowering plants complete this depiction of Victorian taste. On the left side of the room is a large organ with a figure in the act of playing seated at the keyboard.

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  • Title: The Interior of Hall Place, Leigh, near Tonbridge, Kent
  • Creator: Henry Robert Robertson
  • Date Created: 1879
  • Signed: Lower left in brush and blue gouache: H. R. '79
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw Collection; The Maas Gallery, London
  • Paper Support: Off-white paper
  • Exhibitions: New York, NY - Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution. House Proud: Nineteenth-Century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection, August 12, 2008-January 25, 2009.London - The Maas Gallery, Victorian Pictures, 1997, no. 51 (Illus.).
  • Dimensions: Frame H x W x D: 60 x 75.6 x 2.5 cm (23 5/8 x 29 3/4 x 1 in.)Sheet: 28.4 x 42.6 cm (11 3/16 x 16 3/4 in.)
  • Bibliography: Gail S. Davidson et al., House Proud, Nineteenth-Century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection (New York: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, 2008), 56, fig. 39; 133, pl. 69.
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Brush and watercolor and gouache, graphite on off-white paper

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