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Drawing Room -- As Altered

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Witley (photographed)

  • Date:

    1890s (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    West, G (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glossy collodion print mounted in album

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 512M, case MX24, shelf 5

This album records the exterior and interiors of 'The Hill', during the residency of Edgar Horne and his family in the 1890s. A country house in Witley, Surrey, 'The Hill' was built for the artist Myles Birket Foster in the early 1860s and the interiors were originally decorated and furnished, as one of their first commissions, by Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co.

The album illustrates surviving examples of this commission, including examples of stained glass designed by Edward Burne-Jones. Tiles and stained glass suppled by MMF&Co. for 'The Hill' are now in the Ceramics and Glass collection of the V&A.

The album also includes views of other houses in Witley, a village recorded in rural views by Birket Foster and other artists, including Helen Allingham. Other famous residents included Sir Henry Cole, the first Director of the V&A.

Domestic commissions by MMF&Co., particularly those from the early years of the firm, are not well documented. This album shows their work in its original domestic context.

Physical description

A glossy sepia-coloured photograph of a view of a drawing room showing tiled fireplace, wallpaper, piano with embroidered cover and various furnishings. Mounted on card and bound in an album.

Place of Origin

Witley (photographed)


1890s (photographed)


West, G (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Glossy collodion print mounted in album

Marks and inscriptions

'Drawing Room -- As Altered'
printed on mount


Height: 15.5 cm image, Width: 20.5 cm image

Descriptive line

Photograph, 'Drawing Room -- As Altered', from an album of forty-four photographs titled 'The Hill, Witley Surrey, A.M.H.', glossy collodion, 1890s

Subjects depicted

Wallpaper; Interiors; Country houses; Fireplaces; Tiles; Pianos


Photographs; Architecture; Interiors


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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