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Flower Room - Leybourne

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Witley (photographed)

  • Date:

    1890s (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    West, G (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen 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 sepia-coloured photograph of an interior view of conservatory with three figures (two male, one femalej) seated reading papers. Mounted on card, bound in album.

Place of Origin

Witley (photographed)


1890s (photographed)


West, G (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print mounted in album

Marks and inscriptions

'Flower Room - "Leybourne"'
printed on mount


Width: 15 cm image, Height: 11 cm image

Descriptive line

Photograph titled 'Flower Room - "Leybourne"' from an album of forty-four photographs titled 'The Hill, Witley Surrey, A.M.H.', albumen print, 1890s

Subjects depicted

Country houses; Interiors; Conservatories


Photographs; Architecture


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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