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Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Witley (photographed)

  • Date:

    1890s (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    West, G (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glossy collodion print mounted in album

  • Museum number:

    E.403:24-2013

  • 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 garden steps with various family members with dogs identified with inscriptions of names on mount in pencil. Mounted on card and bound in an album.

Place of Origin

Witley (photographed)

Date

1890s (photographed)

Artist/maker

West, G (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Glossy collodion print mounted in album

Marks and inscriptions

'A.M. Horne / E. Horne / S.B.B.R. / Jeanie'
pencil on mount

Dimensions

Height: 15.5 cm image, Width: 20.5 cm image

Descriptive line

Photograph, Untitled, Witley c. 1894', from an album of forty-four photographs titled 'The Hill, Witley Surrey, A.M.H.', glossy collodion, 1890s

Subjects depicted

Gardens; Dogs; Country houses; Families

Categories

Photographs; Architecture

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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