Seafield House in collection of finest British interiors

Images of the Library and Billiard Room of Seafield House have recently been identified in a collection of cyanotypes of British House interiors of the 1880s-1890s. Cyanotypes are an early form of photographic print, so named because of the cyan-blue image that the printing process produces. The collection was acquired by Bernard Quaritch Ltd, antiquarian booksellers, and is included in their Autumn Listing of rare books and manuscripts for sale.  The set was subsequently acquired by the Yale Center for British Art, a museum and study collection at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where it will be digitized and soon made accessible via their web site.

Cyanotype 67 - Seafield House Library

Cyanotype 67 – Seafield House Library

The cyanotype collection  is of 86 photographs of architectural and decorative interiors in a catalogue entitled “Intérieurs Anglais”.  It is thought that the catalogue was compiled for the French market as a showcase of the finest interior designs in fashionable British homes of the time. The two Seafield House pictures are by Bedford Lemere & Co. and  similar to those held in the  RCAHMS Seafield House Collection.  Joanna Skeels, of Quaritch, who was cataloging the collection, had been in touch with Friends of Seafield House (FoSH) to find out more about the house. FoSH committee members have a wealth of knowledge about Seafield House and Sir William Arrol. From research material on Arrol’s art collection, we were able to provide information to help identify a the painting hanging on the wall in one of the photographs, as well as providing general background information on the house and it’s history.

Joanna Skeels said    “It is significant that Seafield is positioned in the context of other great houses.  It is exciting to think it was being showcased abroad as some of the finest British interiors.”

Friends of Seafield House were delighted to hear of Seafield House’s importance, being recognised, at the time, as one of the finest decorative interiors of the late nineteenth century.

Our thanks go to Quaritch for acknowledging Friends of Seafield House in the details for the Collection and we are pleased that they will remain in the public domain with the Yale Center for British Art.

Advertisements

Responses for a Joint Consultation on a Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland are published

Ninety of the responses from the consultation by the Scottish Government between 8 May 2013 and 31 July 2013 have now been published on the Scottish Government website, including the response submitted by Friends of Seafield House.  The consultation was on a Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland and the Merger of Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS).

See the Scottish Government website to download details of all the responses submitted and download the response submitted by Friends of Seafield House.

FoSH makes response to consultation on the future of Scotland’s historic environment

Friends of Seafield House (FoSH) has made a response to the Joint Consultation on a Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland and Merger of Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS).
The Scottish Government is seeking views that will help shape the development of a long term Strategy for Scotland’s historic environment and inform the development of a new lead public body that will lead and support its delivery.
The closing date for submissions is 31 July 2013.

We will publish our response in full once the Government response to the consultation is released.

 

See the post with further news on the publication of responses.