January 26th, 2010
Can you imagine commissioning a watercolor painting of your living room-or should I say parlor?? I would for sure want to do some serious redecorating first!!
In the 19th century in Europe particularly, it was highly fashionable to aristocratic and upper-class homeowners to commission such paintings of their homes interiors.
These would be collected in albums to be passed on to future generations, given as gifts to visiting royalty, and proudly displayed in drawing rooms.
Of course, now we can just whip out our digital cameras. …
…but this is so much more incredibly charming!!!
Loving all the pattern and decoration on the walls and ceilings, of course.
Images from the delightful book, House Proud-Nineteenth Century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection, published by the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.