N-1977.88.8 | Smoking room, Harrison Stephens house ("The Homestead"), Montreal, QC, about 1890

 
Photograph
Smoking room, Harrison Stephens house ("The Homestead"), Montreal, QC, about 1890
Wm. Notman & Son
After 1904, 20th century
Silver salts on paper (matt finish) mounted on paper - Gelatin silver process
25 x 20 cm
Gift of Mr. Murray Ballantyne
N-1977.88.8
© McCord Museum
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Keywords:  Architecture (8646) , Photograph (77678) , residential (1255)
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Keys to History

In the 19th century, smoking was a male activity and the smoking room was reserved for men. While there were frequently smoking rooms in clubs, hotels and trains, there were far fewer in private residences. However, those who could afford it liked to reserve a room for this purpose, and decorate it with motifs reminiscent of the Middle East. Look at the features of the wallpaper in Harrison Stephens' smoking room.