Drawing Room, Stafford Terrace

Linley and Marion Sambourne's Drawing-room (looking towards Sambourne's workspace at the rear), 18, Stafford Terrace, Kensington, London W8 [exterior]. Photograph by kind permission of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

The home was deigned by Joseph Gordon Davis (a noted developer active in the Pimlico area), 1868-1871 but "the interiors are very much the product of Linley's taste and energies" (Robbins et al., 19). Morris wallpaper was used all through the house, large amounts of furniture were brought in and Sambourne also exercised his own artistic talents on stained glass panels for the back windows, door paintings, and so forth. Of course, many changes were introduced over the years, including redecoration with costly wallpaper brought in from Japan, the installation of electricity and better plumbing, and much later on the conversion of the basement service rooms into a flat for a caretaker. But the main rooms still recreate the atmosphere of a late Victorian home, especially the long drawing room with its many framed photographic reproductions, fashionable porcelain, art nouveau lamp-standards and figurines, inlaid furniture, metal-panelled doors and so forth. This was "the centrepiece of the house" (Robbins et al. 27).


Ferry, Kathryn. The Victorian Home. Botely, Oxford: Shire, 2010. [Review by JB]

Robbins, Daniel, Reena Suleman, and Pamela Hunter. Linley Sambourne House, 18 Stafford Terrace, Kensington. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Library and Arts Service, 2003.

Last modified 16 July 2010