FAVORITE HISTORIC IMAGES
I love historic interior views; they give such a direct insight into interiors that have long since dissappeared and can have so much detail, that there is always something new to notice and to marvel at.
Watercolours like these must have attracted painters who themselves loved fabric and interiors. They must have enjoyed depicting exactly how a certain valance was draped, a fringe was woven or a chair was upholstered.
Also, if you think that you've seen quite a few different ways of making a curtain pelmet, these images can still take you by surprise. The invention, the richness and just the fun they must have had dreaming it all up, is simply wonderful.
A couple of them I have shown here, but I intend to discuss various aspects of them, and other interior matters on my blog : Mad about Interiors
1822 - Duchess de Berry in her Boudoir, Paris
1810 Caroline Murat, Naples palace, Italy
1814 Kersting - Girl reading, Germany
1837 - Kamenka Drawing Room, Russia
1840 - Etruscan Room, Potsdam, Germany
1848 - Royal Interior, The Hague, Netherlands
1830s - Queen Isabella, Capodimonte, Italy
These and many other images can be found in a couple of books, which are a must for every historic interior enthousiast:
Mario Praz, An Illustrated History of Interior Decoration
Peter Thornton, Authentic Decor, The Domestic Interior 1620 - 1920
John Cornforth, English Interiors 1790 - 1848
Charles Saumares Smith, Eighteenth-century Decoration
Charlotte Gere, Nineteenth-century Decoration
Simon Calloway, Twentieth-century Decoration