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Photograph - The Bedroom of Linnaeus
  • The Bedroom of Linnaeus
    Schenson, Emma, born 1827 - died 1913
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The Bedroom of Linnaeus

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Hammarby (photographed)

  • Date:

    1864 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Schenson, Emma, born 1827 - died 1913 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen-silver print from glass negative

  • Museum number:

    72382

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 430

In 1864 the Swedish photographer Emma Schenson made a series of photographs in memory of the Swedish botanist Carl von Linné (1707-1778), who was known as Linnaeus. Most photographs in the series are taken in his house (now a museum) in Hammarby near Uppsala, Sweden. Linnaeus furnished his home as a kind of personal museum. Almost every detail of the arrangement has a close relationship to his work. In the bedroom the walls were papered with proof copies of drawings by Charles Plumier (French botanist, 1646-1704) and Georg Ehret (botanical artist,1707-1770). The curtain on the bed is printed with a decoration based on his favourite flower, the Linnaea borealis. There are other photographs by Schenson of Linnaeus' house in the V&A (see 72:384 and 72:387).

Physical description

Sepia photograph of a bedroom in which we see a display case for specimens, floral wallpaper and a four-poster bed with curtains of a floral pattern

Place of Origin

Hammarby (photographed)

Date

1864 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Schenson, Emma, born 1827 - died 1913 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen-silver print from glass negative

Dimensions

Height: 16.3 cm, Width: 13.8 cm

Descriptive line

Emma Schenson (1827-1913); The Bedroom of Linnaeus; albumen-silver print from glass negative; 1864

Labels and date

Emma Schenson 1827-1913
The Bedroom of Linnaeus
1864

Almost every detail of this room has a close relationship to Linnaeus's work. The walls are papered with proof copies of illustrations by Charles Plumier and Georg Ehret. Among them are exotic fruits and the American Turk's-cap lily which can be seen hanging to the right of this picture. The curtain on the bed is printed with a decoration based on his favourite flower, the 'Linnaea borealis'.

Hammarby, Swden
Albumen-silver print from glass negative
V&A: 72:382 []

Production Note

Carl von Linne (Linnaeus) lived at Hammarby, near Uppsala, Sweden

Reason For Production: Retail

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Albumen process

Subjects depicted

Bedroom; Illustrations; Wall-coverings; Furniture

Categories

Science; Illustration

Production Type

Unlimited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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