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A Drawing room, 34 Grosvenor Square

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bedford Lemere & Co. (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Batsford Ltd, London

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 122, case 6, shelf DR4

Object Type
Albumen prints were the first glossy, coated photographic prints. They were in general use from about 1855 to 1890. They were made from thin paper which was first coated with a mixture of whisked egg white and salt, then sensitized with silver nitrate. This print was made from a glass negative.

Bedford Lemere & Co. was one of the most prolific firms of architectural photographers working from the 1880s through the turn of the century. Their work is characterised by a straightforward, evenly lit recording style.

This interior is filled with what appears to be 18th-century French furniture and a decorative plaster ceiling in the style of the 18th-century Scottish architect, Robert Adam.

Physical description


Place of Origin

London (made)


1880 (made)


Bedford Lemere & Co. (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print


Height: 26.5 cm, Width: 33 cm

Object history note

Taken by Bedford Lemere and Company, London

Descriptive line

Photograph of a drawing room, 34, Grosvenor Square, taken by Bedford Lemere & Co., London, 1880

Labels and date

British Galleries:
The firm of Bedford Lemere recorded many of the most fashionable interiors in London from about 1880. French Style was still fashionable at that date for many of the richest in London society. It continued in use into the 20th century. The Ritz Hotel, opened in 1906, was a late example of this style. [27/03/2003]



Subjects depicted

Wealth; Armchairs; Fire screens; Fireplace; Fashion; Columns (architectural elements); Draperies; Architecture; Rooms; Drawing rooms; Chairs; Taste (aesthetics); Tables (support furniture)


Photographs; Interiors; Furniture; Architectural fittings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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