The Bedroom of Linnaeus

1864 (photographed)

Schenson, Emma

Height: 16.3 cm, Width: 13.8 cm

72:382 PDP

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

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).

Location: Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case X, shelf 430

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